Zalavruga

Zalavruga, a rock art monument containing about 2000 images, is the richest one in the European part of Russia. The first 200 petroglyphs were discovered by V. I. Ravdonikas in 1936. In 1963–1968 the expedition of Karelian archeologists directed by Yu. A. Savvateev excavating a settlement dating to the Bronze Age discovered 1176 petroglyphs under a heavy layer of soil. These new-found groups of engravings got the name of New Zalavruga and the previously discovered petroglyphs became famous as Old Zalavruga petroglyphs. Nature itself has kept the engravings till our times due to the fact that they remained safe under a sick soil layer. In 2005–2013, some Karelian along with their foreign colleagues discovered new engravings and adjusted the outline of a great number of petroglyphs found before. Zalavruga has turned into an exciting open-air museum with plenty of special pieces of rock art. Each engraving has its fixed position in the most advantageous for viewing rock areas to the end of time.