Perched atop a hill in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic of Russia, the Leso-Kefar sanctuary remains a relatively obscure and underexplored archaeological site. Despite its intriguing historical significance, scant research has been dedicated to unraveling its mysteries, resulting in conflicting dating assessments. The nomenclature “Leso-Kefar” (Лесо-Кефар) is derived from the nearby village.
Ascribed to the Alani people and believed to originate around 1000 AD, the Leso-Kefar sanctuary boasts Iron Age dolmens adorned with diverse runes, Christian crosses, and contemporary graffiti. Evident throughout the site are remnants of various cultures spanning multiple epochs, leaving an indelible imprint.
Interpreted as a former village, fortress, and temple, the sanctuary reveals an assortment of enigmatic runes, depictions of animals, and scenes of hunters etched into its surfaces. The pervasive presence of the lozenge hallmark further adds to the complexity and historical richness of this captivating site.