New Old Turkic Rock Inscriptions from Mongolia

Mehmet Ölmez

New Old Turkic Rock Inscriptions from Mongolia

(62nd Meeting Friedensau, 2019)

In Mongolia, there is not only stone inscriptions from Turk Qaghanate, also rock inscriptions and some other minor inscriptions on turtles or block stones which are used for decoration at inscription area. Such inscriptions are already familiar since W. Radloff’s “Dritte Lieferung” from “Die Alttürkischen Inschriften der Mongolei” (1895). W. Radloff dealed with Ikhe-As’chete, Ikhe-Khanui and Khoito-Tamir inscriptions. He had first attempt to transcribe and translate them to German too. After Radloff Mongolian and Russian archeologist discovered new rock inscriptions from Mongolia too. Such inscriptions are mostly one or two lines and around 5 to 20 words. I have personally work on same inscriptions (and also some more inscriptions) when I was in Mongolia in 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019. During our expedition we have visited also a new rock inscription 150 km. far from Ulanbator. Mongolian colleagues already announced some years ago the new inscription beside a ‘wintering’. Most interesting rock inscriptions are Khoito-Tamir (or Taikhar Chuluu) inscriptions There is many different scripts (Tibetan, Mongolian, Cyrillic Mongolian) and graffitis on a huge rock close to Tsetserleg. I will check some rock inscriptions at my paper and give my first transcription on the new rock inscription.