Cultural Landscape

Stone Reuse

The overlay and juxtaposition of monuments of different periods represents a kind of treasuring of the past; but we also find a different cultural dynamic reflected where later monuments were constructed using the stones of earlier ones. This occurs, for example, in cases where Bronze Age khirigsuur seem to have been dismantled to build Early Nomadic burials. It is also reflected in Bronze Age standing stones that have been re-carved into Turkic image stones. It is not clear, however, whether this deliberate reuse of stones refers to a lack of respect for the past or, rather, the belief that stones so reused carried greater meaning than newly gathered material.