• Old Dude seeing me on my phone: Why don't you read the news instead of tweeting and texting.
  • Me: I'm actually reading an article from The Economist on my phone about Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan's mock elections. What are your thoughts on the topic?
  • Old Dude taken aback: I don't know.
  • Me: Well then why don't you read the news instead of chastising teenagers on their phones?
Ancient 'warrior princess' skeleton found in Kazakhstan

The remains of an ancient female warrior have been discovered in South Kazakhstan.

The perfectly preserved skeleton, believed to be a woman based on the skull’s size and shape, was found with a huge sword and dagger.

Archaeologists believe the woman lived in the period between the 11th century BC and fourth century AD. Previously, no records have ever been found of woman warriors in the area.

Experts believe she was a citizen of importance living in the ancient Kanguy state. She is thought to have led a group of nomads who lived somewhere in the area of modern Kazakhstan. Read more.

Historical Drama of Kazakhstan History Made by Kazakhstani
The ten-part epic will follow the dramatic events that led to the birth of the first Kazakh khanate over 500 years ago, after the Mongolian-ruled Golden Horde empire collapsed.

trigly submitted:

A bit outside your wheelhouse, and you may have already got wind of it, but this looks like a cool project!

National pride is running particularly high after Russian president Vladimir offended Kazakhs by dismissing their past and claiming that Kazakhstan had no history. 

Great to see people telling their own story. They do have a history, and they’re going to present it with beautiful cinematography and high production values! 

The article calls it Kazakhstan’s “Game of Thrones”, though I’m thinking more “Marco Polo Without the White Guy”. Having been absorbed in Marco Polo recently, it’d be great to see these stories told without the inherent ‘othering’ of having a western main character!

This looks REALLY cool! Thanks so much for your submission. Here’s the trailer:

As a sidenote, I reaaaallllly wish journalists would stop conflating Game of Thrones and actual history/historical fiction, because it leads to the whole “Things Were Just Like That Back Then” problem. Among others.


Limpid Lake Kaindy

Formed by an earthquake induced landslide of large limestone blocks back in 1911 that blocked a valley 2000 metres high in Kazakhstan, which the annual rains then filled. This wondrous spot is named Birch Tree Lake and goes down to a maximum depth of 30 metres at varied points along its 300 metre length. Submerged in its clear cold greenish blue waters (because of the limestone content) is a coniferous forest. Another large grove of living trees graces the vale in which it sits in its abode in the northern Tien Shan, a northwards extension of the Hindu Kush formed like the Himalayas by the collision of the Indo-Australian plate with the Eurasian one. The best time of year to visit is the autumn, where the water reflects the snow tipped peaks around it and the birch trees are all turning golden, though ice diving is also practiced during parts of the winter. The area hosts a variety of birdlife and fish, plus varied deer, Siberian ibexes, wild boars and snow foxes.


Image credit: Exclusivepix/English Russia/ Jonas Satkauskas