25 August 2021

An unusual find in Turkistan

Turkistan, Kazakhstan


In the south of Kazakhstan, 250 kilometers from the city of Turkistan, a stone statue of the VIII – IX centuries AD was found.

An interesting find was made by one of the locals near the Syr Darya River. Professor of the International Turkish-Kazakh University Mukhtar Kozha explained that similar statues have been found in Kazakhstan before, but this one differs from the others by the unusual motifs that were engraved on it.

The opinions of archaeologists about who was depicted in the statue differ. So, some believe that this may be an image of the wife of the ruler of the state, while others believe that the ancient sculptor sculpted the goddess Umai, who personified the feminine principle and fertility in ancient Turkic mythology.

For further research, the statue was sent to the Scientific Research Institute of Archeology of the Ahmed Yasavi International Kazakh-Turkish University.