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Karatau Mountains

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Karatau Mountains

Karatau Mountains in area of the city of Kentau

The Karatau Mountains are located in southern Kazakhstan just north of the Syrdaria River, and they display a unique geomorphology. The name Karatau means Black Mountain in the Kazakh language. The mountains, aside from housing a varied geology, contain numerous stone archaeological sites that represent the many stages of cultural evolution from the early Paleolithic Age (1 million BP) to the Neolithic Age (6500 BP).[1]

World Heritage Status

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on September 24, 1998 in the Cultural category.[2]


  1. ^ Paleolithic sites and geomorphology of Karatau mountain range - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  2. ^ Paleolithic sites and geomorphology of Karatau mountain range - UNESCO World Heritage Centre


  • Paleolithic sites and geomorphology of Karatau mountain range - UNESCO World Heritage Centre Retrieved 2009-03-23.

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