Two Swiss in Mongolia – visiting bronze age

We propose to visit the deer stones
Around lunch time, we  arrived in Mörön, flying in from Ulanbaator.
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Pudje will be our driver for the next days.
We propose to visit the deer stones that are just a few kilometers away from the airport. Pudje carefully drives our car over a bumpy earth road to a dusty parking space.
About 40 stones with deer paintings
We find about 40 stones decorated with deer paintings and ornaments from the bronze age. The body of the animals is a blend of deer and bird. Their body is stretched, ends with peaks and has with wings on the back. The stones seem to have formed a ring. It must have been a place of worship.
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Horse sculls within the ring
Excavation is going on. Russian and Ukrainan archaologists had found sculls of horses They explain that these sculls are from the same times as the deer stones and that they believe that they were sacrifices (жертва). Initially the archaologists were unfriendly towards us tourists that dare walk around their scientific site, but they thawed up, when I ut talked to them in Russian.
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Later Ursula smiles… look, I saw immediately that these sculls are from horses, as I had to study and compare the sculls of frogs, sharks and horses at university.
Continuing to the Döltur camp
Now Pudje drives us to Khatgar and to the Döltur camp  beautifully located on the shore of the Khövsgöl lake.
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Two Swiss in Mongolia – first walk near the Khövsgöl Lake

Sunrise behind the hill

When I wake up, Ursula comes back from a sunrise walk. There is a chilly wind and blue sky. Promising. And yes, it will be around 20 degrees today, a warm summer day.

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Walking to the Ashishai Sant hill

Armed with a promising box lunch, we walk uphill – directly behind our camp.  Our driver, Pudje, has taken over the lead, as he is from the area. Lark tree forest and soft ground – this is the taiga.  Pudje  scratches off the resin of the lark tree and chews it lie a chewing gum. I try it and it has a bitter taste.

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We have to be careful not to step on the mushrooms, there are puffballs, russola, chanterelles, relatives of the bolet and many more. Here we could just collect them. Pudje kneels down in front of a white mushroom in the meadow, looks at the bottom of the stem and frowns. Yes, he is right, also the lamellas are white. It is a death cap.

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Though late in summer, there are many flowers, like carnation or gentiane

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Worshiping the ovoo on the top

On the top of the hill, there are two piles of branches decorated with colorful ribbons. Pudje adds a few branches. As this is how Mongolians show their respect for nature in Mongolia, we do the same. Then we walk around the ovoo – clockwise- and I notice that Pudje takes his cap off.

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We enjoy the view. Our lunch box is delicious:  Soup, dumplings (bansh) with beef and a cabbage-carrot salad. Then we continue to a pretty swamp field. We share it with a herd of Yak.

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Back in our ger

Around 3 PM we are back in our ger and enjoy our siesta to recover from our short night in Ulanbaator.

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