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Kazakhstan: 3,000-yo pyramidal mausoleum discovered in Karaganda02:21

Kazakhstan: 3,000-yo pyramidal mausoleum discovered in Karaganda

Kazakhstan, Karaganda Region
August 18, 2016 at 20:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

Footage filmed on Wednesday shows parts of an ancient mausoleum believed to be more than 3,000 years old that was once thought to have been shaped like a pyramid. Archaeologists from the Karaganda State University Saryarka Archaeology Institute were seen working at the site, located in the Karaganda Region.

The walls and a dome, as well as artefacts such as plates, coins, weapons, as well as skulls were found at the site, with excavations having begun last year. The mausoleum is believed to have boasted dimensions of around 15 metres by 14 metres (49 by 46 feet) in its pomp.

"The closer to the centre, the higher each wall was, forming a stepped pyramidal architectural structure. The external walls of the mausoleum were paved with huge vertical slabs. A dome or a pyramid was seemingly constructed in the centre. Such an unusual architectural structure [of the whole mausoleum] makes it different from other monuments of this kind,” explained Igor Koukoushkin, a leading research associate at the Saryarka Archaeology Institute.

Professor Sagandyk Zhaunbaev said it was likely constructed “to pay tribute to a great king or a very powerful man." Archaeologists are now preparing to explore the as-yet unopened burial chamber of the pyramid and hope it will reveal more about who built it and when.

Kazakhstan: 3,000-yo pyramidal mausoleum discovered in Karaganda02:21
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Footage filmed on Wednesday shows parts of an ancient mausoleum believed to be more than 3,000 years old that was once thought to have been shaped like a pyramid. Archaeologists from the Karaganda State University Saryarka Archaeology Institute were seen working at the site, located in the Karaganda Region.

The walls and a dome, as well as artefacts such as plates, coins, weapons, as well as skulls were found at the site, with excavations having begun last year. The mausoleum is believed to have boasted dimensions of around 15 metres by 14 metres (49 by 46 feet) in its pomp.

"The closer to the centre, the higher each wall was, forming a stepped pyramidal architectural structure. The external walls of the mausoleum were paved with huge vertical slabs. A dome or a pyramid was seemingly constructed in the centre. Such an unusual architectural structure [of the whole mausoleum] makes it different from other monuments of this kind,” explained Igor Koukoushkin, a leading research associate at the Saryarka Archaeology Institute.

Professor Sagandyk Zhaunbaev said it was likely constructed “to pay tribute to a great king or a very powerful man." Archaeologists are now preparing to explore the as-yet unopened burial chamber of the pyramid and hope it will reveal more about who built it and when.

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