Onego Lake Petroglyphs

Onego Lake Petroglyphs

Onego Lake Petroglyphs are valuable examples of the prehistoric rock carving art on the territory of northern Russia.

Onego Lake Petroglyphs are located in Onego Lake in the Russian region of Karelia, on the capes of “Besov Nos” and “Peri Nos”. The nearest town is Pudozh.

These petroglyphs are dated back to the 4th or 3rd millennium BC.

Onego Lake Petroglyphs are symbolic. They may depict the sun and the moon, enigmatic signs and imaginary creatures. The ideas of prehistoric people about the world around are conveyed in some pictures, for example, the sign of the moon has legs, because the moon "goes" over the sky.

The most famous petroglyph is a 2.5-meter long human-like figure. It is called “bes” which means an evil spirit or a demon. This resulted in the name of the area, Besov Nos (Demon's Cape) and in later attempts to neutralize the "devilish pictures" by carving Christian crosses on the figures of the demon and a swan, probably dated back to the 15th Century.

The place is beautiful. Petroglyphs are carved on the rocks that descend into the water. An abandoned lighthouse is located nearby. The path to petroglyphs goes along the sandy beach of Onego Lake.

Onega Lake petroglyphs are difficult to access. You can get to that area by water along the Onega Lake. There is no boat terminal in the area of petroglyphs, therefore a large vessel cannot be docked, and it is necessary to land on small motor boats. This path is highly dependent on weather conditions on the lake.

On a small boat along the Black River from the village of Karshevo. The distance along the river from the village to the mouth of the river is about 17 km, travel time in one direction is about 90 minutes. From the mouth of the river to Besov Nos Cape, a walk takes about 15-20 minutes.

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