Asrlar Sadosi 2013! Navoi-Sarmyshsay gorge
May, 4-5 2013 “Asrlar Sadosi” will be held in Navoi region, Sarmyshsay gorge. The organizers of this grand event are the Fund Forum and UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan. All participants and guests of the festival will have the opportunity to explore the historical wonders of Navoi region. Saramyshsay Gorge monuments of antiquity are world famous for the unique petroglyphs. Sarmyshsay Gorge – one of the most amazing places in Uzbekistan, attracting the attention of scientists and archaeologists from around the world. Sarmysshay Gorge is located on the southern slope of the Karatau mountain range, 30-40 km north-east to the Navoi city. Sarmysshay is considered to be the historical and landscaped open-air museum, taken under the protection of UNESCO. More than 4,000 rock petroglyphs of the artists of bygone times, still preserved in Sarmyshsay, representing a kind of an art gallery, a heritage left by the nomadic population of the Zarafshan valley. Sarmyshsay petroglyphs – a unique archive, a kind of “encyclopedia”, which collected information about the life, history and culture of ancestors. Sarmyshsay rock paintings are “living witnesses” of the plant and animal life evolution stages in this area for 5-7 thousand years to the present. There are nomadic burial mounds and sacrificial places near the petroglyphs. Since ancient times, the area was considered a cult area – here religious ceremonies and holidays were hold. Here in Sarmyshsay Valley (an area of 20 square miles) there are a huge number of unique monuments of antiquity and archaeological complex: a cave, keeping the precious evidence of the life of ancient people, a workshop, mines, settlements, burial mounds and tombs which are relevant to the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, the Middle Ages and modern times. During the Festival of Traditional Culture “Asrlar Sadosi” Uzbek national traditions and customs, arts and crafts, cuisine, oral and intangible heritage of Uzbekistan will be presented.