Kiya

The Kiya rock art site is located on the right bank of the Kiya River, 6 km downstream from the mouth of the Birushka creek, on the eastern edge of the Chertovo Plyoso locality. Petroglyphs are observed in the eastern part of a rocky cliff of southeastern exposure, composed of Late Pliocene basaltic lavas of the Sovgavan Formation.

To date, seven surfaces with petroglyphs are known within the Kiya locality. One surface, documented by A. P. Okladnikov, is currently not observed.

The Kiya petroglyphs were first described by V. Yakhontov (1966) and further explored by the expedition of A. P. Okladnikov (1967). In the course of these studies, four surfaces were identified and described (13 patterns, including one ocher pattern).

In 2017, with the joint efforts of the Center for Paleo Arts of the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Khabarovsk Regional Heritage Preservation Center, and the RSSDA Laboratory at the Kiya site, three surfaces were documented, on which several new images were discovered. Two more surfaces were identified in November-December 2020 by E. V. Chernikov.

The layout of the drawings at the Kiya site. Okladnikov, 1971

Rock with petroglyphs at the site of Kiya. 
UAV aerial oblique view, September 30, 2016

Rock with petroglyphs at the site of Kiya. 
September 30, 2016, September 11, 2017

Kiya Petroglyphs