The area of the Archeopark complex is 3.5 hectares. The territory is laid out on a rock outcropping and includes a geological monument, the Samarov Villiage Archaeological Monument (dating from the 11th-18th centuries), and the Sculpture Park with Pleistocene-era animals and paleolithic humans.
The park has been in operation since 2006. The site for the giant bronze sculptures was not chosen by chance. They are installed along the Samarovsky outcropping, so that the ancient rock formations towering over the bronze mammoths.
The first large bones and tusks were found in the territory of the autonomous okrug in the 19th century, when the northern region came to be called the «elephant homeland.» For local inhabitants, the archaeological findings along the river banks were not so uncommon. The bones had been in demand as a decorative material and therapeutic powder.
All the sculptures were created in cooperation with paleontologists, who made sure that the ancient inhabitants of this area look as authentic as possible. The creators of the Archeopark wanted to demonstrate the continuity of the history of geology, biology, and humanity in these places. Some of the sculptures, for instance, rhinoceroses, were made in life size, while others are two to three times larger. The height of the largest sculpture in the Mammoth composition is eight meters. By the way, this sculpture probably has the world's only sign that prohibits mammoth climbing. In the evening, the figures in the Archeopark are backlighted.
The city has developed a kind of tradition to look after the sculptures and give them names. For example, students from the journalism department at Urga University have named the little mammoth KoJourka and they come to the Archeopark every spring to wash it and polish the bronze to a shine.
Department of Tourism and External Relations Development / visithm.com
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