Ancient turkic stone statues at Tuura-Suu, Kyrgyzstan

Y. S. Hudiakov, K. S. Tabaldiev, A. Y. Borisenko, Z. Orozbekova

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Abstract

Fully and partially preserved ancient Turkic stone statues discovered by the Kyrgyz archaeologists at Tuura-Suu, Issyk-Kul Region, Kyrgyzstan, are described with reference to the burial practices of the ancient Turks during the time when the Western Turkic and Tyurgesh states existed in the Tien Shan and Zhetysu. On the basis of archaeological parallels to the artifacts shown on the statues, their chronology and cultural attribution are assessed, and their diagnostic features are specified. The completely preserved statue showing a figure in man's clothes and with weapons may be that of a high-ranking female warrior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-115
Number of pages7
JournalArchaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Ancient Turks
  • burial rite
  • Issyk-Kul Basin
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • stone statues
  • Tuura-Suu

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