Petroglyphs of an archaeological landscape of the Tamgaly (Tanbaly) — one of the most ancient and bright monuments of petroglyphic art of SevenRivers, since 2004 is object of the World heritage of UNESCO. Here the sanctuary with a large number of rock paintings was in the late fifties revealed, its studying began in 1970 — the 1980th years. The natural boundary of the Tamgaly is located in 170 km to the northwest from the city of Almaty in Anrakay mountains.
The majority of petroglyphs is located in the lower part of the main gorge and in the lateral gorge adjoining it from the West, and also in 7 Sai located to the northwest from the main gorge. Total of drawings in the main gorge — about 2000. All of them are conditionally divided into 7 groups. Counting of groups goes from the mouth of the gorge.
Images the sunheaded of deities, masked, soldiers-«palicenosec», marriage couples,pregnant women, and also multifigured compositions meet the image of people and animals, scenes of hunting for animals and scenes of sacrifice of bulls. Plots meet the image of chariots seldom. Numerous solar signs are known.
The most part of petroglyphs belongs to a bronze era. The drawings executed in saks «animal» style are placed generally separately from more ancient petroglyphs, but in certain cases supplement or even block them. Medieval rock drawings are beaten out on the hills surrounding the gorge and in the adjoining waterless Sai. The central complex is allocated with the most dense concentration of petroglyphs and, allegedly, altars that points to possible ceremonial mission of this place for sacrifices.
Besides petroglyphs in the Tamgaly a large number of ancient burials is revealed: stone boxes-tsisty of an average and a late bronze age, barrows from the earth and stones of the period from the early Iron Age so far.