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Asanas ancient settlement - II.

Jety-asar in Kazakhstan.

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The Asanas II settlement is located in the Syrdarya district of the Kyzylorda region, 9.8 kilometers west of the village of Aydarly and 44.6 kilometers to the south, slightly west of Kyzylorda and 3.4 kilometers southeast of the Aktobe mound with a height of 141.9 meters above sea level.
In 1.3 kilometers to the north-west of the Asanas settlement there is another Asanas settlement 2, which, unlike Asanas 1, is rectangular in shape. The fortifications of Asanas 2 are also different - this is the absence of a defensive moat around the walls.
The walls are poorly preserved and rarely exceed a meter height. The size of the settlement is 220 x 210 meters, traces of internal development can be clearly traced. The finds at the site are much poorer than at the site of Asanas I.
Chronologically, the ceramics collected at the site cover the period from the VIth - VIIth centuries. until the XVth century. Most of the molded ceramics richly ornamented with moldings and incisions, which have elements of similarity to the Dzhankent one, belongs to the lower border, and maybe even to an earlier time.
By the VIIth - IXth centuries. can be attributed to the fragments of the corolla of large vessels (hums) with finger impressions along the side and neck. There are analogies to them in the ceramics of the settlements of the Dzhankent group and among the Afrigid ceramics of Khoresm.
At the same time, ceramics ornamented with champlevé technique, similar to the early medieval Khorezm ceramics (Kunya-uaz, a medieval extension, no later than the IXth century) and the Semirechin ceramics of the Turkic-Sogdian time (VI - VIII centuries), belong.
By the XI - XII centuries. and the Golden Horde time includes a small amount of glazed ceramics (the Golden Horde - green with a black pattern). A small amount of late ceramics - yellow dough, dense thin-walled (not earlier than the XVth century) was also found on the hill fort.
Geographic coordinates of the Asanas settlement - II: N44 ° 28'06.15 "E65 ° 38'20.82"

A.A. Tazhekeyev, R.T. Darmenov. "Bulletin of KazNU".  2012. Almaty

Photos by
Alexandr Petrov.