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The archaeological site of Tamgaly – roughly three hours from Almaty in the Chu-Ile mountains (not to be confused with Tamgaly Tas by the Ile river) – has a collection of some 5,000 petroglyphs dating from the second half of the second millennium BC right up to the beginning of the 20th-century that depict nomadic steppe life and murals illustrating traditional rituals. This dense concentration of petroglyphs is considered so important that it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. The Tamgaly gorge also contains burial sites and kurgans (burial mounds) from the Bronze Age and Iron Age respectively.

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