The region's stone carvings can't stand in the way of this poor country's need for energy, but thousands are being recorded by Harald Hauptmann. Photos by Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften.
A leopard hunts a large horned mountain goat: The Scythians of Central Asia were masters at etching animal petroglyphs.
The depiction of a mighty horned goat originates from the 6th century BC. Persian stone carving artists left the image behind on a cliff.
Sitting Buddha dating from sometime after 500 CE and the Muslim invasion of the area.