This event is part of the Asian Archaeology Group Series.

Event speaker:
Dr. Maral Khabdulina, Director of the Akishev Institute of Archaeology, Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan)

During the Saka/Scythian time, territories of the steppe region of Kazakhstan was occupied by the Tasmola culture (800-500 BCE), which was discovered and identified in 1966, by the Kazakh archaeologist Mir Kadyrbaev. Currently, our understanding of the Tasmola culture has been enriched with discoveries of new types of archaeological sites, i.e. “royal” mounds, settlements, stone statues. Their scientific analyses clarify cultural and chronological periodization of the Saka era in Central Kazakhstan.

It was time of appearance of large elite burial mounds as well as of a new architectural style of Saka settlements, which persisted until today, in form of Kazakh kystau (winter camps). Stone sculptures of the Tasmola culture are characterized by a complex of features that makes them a a distinguishable group of ancient statuary art of the Scythian-Saka time.

Online talk in Russian with simultaneous translation into English.

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