Problems of Archaeology, Ethnography, Anthropology of
Siberia and Neighboring Territories

ISSN 2658-6193 (Online)

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2018 Volume XXIV

DOI: 10.17746/2658-6193.2018.24.184-189

УДК 902.22

The Results of Kaylu and Kuba-Sengir Sites Preliminary Study (Eastern Caspian, Turkmenistan)

Shnaider S.V., Kurbanov R.N., Alisher kyzy S., Rigaud S., Shangina M.V., Krivoshapkin A.I.

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The southeastern coast of the Caspian Sea was an important trade route that channeled ancient cultures between Middle East and Central Asia; two stratified terminal Pleistocene - early Holocene sites: Kuba-Sengir and Kaylu have been distinguished in this region as the key sites for reconstructions of the early human migrations. The complexes include representative lithic assemblages, faunal collection, and a unique set of shell beads. Two human burials were discovered at the entrance zone of the Kaylu cave. During the field works on the Krasnovodsk Peninsula in 2018, geomorphological position of these sites was established and the artifacts located on the surface were described. The preliminary data indicate that the Kuba-Sengir and Kaylu are asynchronous and share many common features with Southern, Western and Eastern Caspian sites.


Eastern Caspian, Caspian transgression, Western Turkmenistan, Holocene, lithic industry, human burial

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Academician A.P. Derevyanko

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