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Remnants of the Stone Age

By Linda Tancs

Just 38 miles south of Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku lie remnants of the Stone Age.  Not just any old remnants, mind you, but one of the world’s largest collections of ancient petroglyphs.  Over 4000 strong, the carvings in the Gobustan National Historical-Artistic Reserve were extensively investigated by the famous Norwegian explorer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who believed that boat renderings in the ancient stones revealed a connection between Norwegians and Azerbaijanis.  A mountainous area, Gobustan is also home to the biggest mud volcanoes in the Caucasus.

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