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Examples of petroglyphs from the Tatra Mountains (after Stecki 1923). 

Examples of petroglyphs from the Tatra Mountains (after Stecki 1923). 

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... Tatra Mountains are the highest mountain range in the Carpathians. Approximately one-fifth of their area lies within the territory of Poland. So far, fifty-two sites with petroglyphs have been identified in the Polish part of the Tatra Mountains. These are Historical motifs; the oldest engraved date is 1531. They are generally thought to be marks left by shepherds, miners or so-called treasure hunters who lived there between the 16th and 18th centuries (Stecki 1923;Wiśniewski 1993: 166;Grabowski 2011). They depict geometric patterns (e.g. circles, crossing lines, arrows), signatures of their creators, crosses or human figures (Fig. 4). They are concentrated in large mountain valleys serving as convenient communication routes. By far the greatest concentration of petroglyphs (forty-six sites: a few/dozen motifs at each site) has been found in the Kościeliska valley. These are both open galleries and depictions in rockshelters and caves. Isolated locations ...

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