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Zompist.com

Zompist.com

Numbers from 1 to 10 in many languages – including Kyrgyz

http://www.zompist.com/asia.htm#palaeo

“Book monuments of Kyrgyzstan – the preservation and access” .

“Book monuments of Kyrgyzstan – the preservation and access” .

In Russian

http://rarebooks.net.kg/

The MegalithicPortal

The MegalithicPortal

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/

Former Ethiopian cadets stranded in Kyrgyzstan

Former Ethiopian cadets stranded in Kyrgyzstan

Softly singing along to the wistful strains of Ethiopian music, Haymanot Tesgaye and his friends are transported back to their homeland in Africa, far from this Central Asian nation where they have been stranded for two decades.

http://dailycaller.com/2010/09/22/former-ethiopian-cadets-stranded-in-kyrgyzstan/

Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain Kyrgyzstan dominates the Fergana Valley and forms the backdrop to the city of Osh, at the crossroads of important routes on the Central Asian Silk Roads. For more than one and a half millennia, Sulaiman was a beacon for travellers revered as a sacred mountain. Its five peaks and slopes contain numerous ancient places of worship and caves with petroglyphs as well as two largely reconstructed 16th century mosques. One hundred and one sites with petroglyphs representing humans and animals as well as geometrical forms have been indexed in the property so far. The site numbers 17 places of worship, which are still in use, and many that are not. Dispersed around the mountain peaks they are connected by footpaths. The cult sites are believed to provide cures for barrenness, headaches, and back pain and give the blessing of longevity. Veneration for the mountain blends pre-Islamic and Islamic beliefs. The site is believed to represent the most complete example of a sacred mountain anywhere in Central Asia, worshipped over several millennia.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1230

Feathers fly over dinosaurs

Feathers fly over dinosaurs

A lizard that glided through the trees of prehistory 220 million years ago has overturned an established theory of how birds evolved from feathered dinosaurs.

Soviet scientists found the fossils in Kyrgyzstan in 1969 but they remained in a museum drawer in Moscow for many year

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=143346

Preserving Kyrgyzstan’s History

Preserving Kyrgyzstan’s History

While scholars have spent a great deal of time combing through archives in Moscow and studying how the major events of the Soviet period affected Russia, much less of this type of research has been done on Central Asia. But the people of the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – experienced the Soviet period in different ways than Russians or Eastern Europeans.

This project was designed to collect and preserve some of their experiences. None of the researchers involved in this project were historians — they were undergraduate students at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. For that reason, the goal of the project was simply to collect these stories before their tellers are no longer around to share them. We hope that they will be interpreted and analyzed by future historians.

The stories collected by this project touch on events including: Urkun/World War I; sedentarization; collectivization; World War II; the post-war reconstruction period; Stalin’s death; the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras; independence; and privatization. The interviewees were asked about language, religion, the roles of men and women in society, their school days, their war experiences, migration issues, deported nationalities, agriculture, food, and entertainment.

http://www.centralasianhistory.org/

Silk Road Seattle

Silk Road Seattle

Silk Road Seattle is an ongoing public education project using the “Silk Road” theme to explore cultural interaction across Eurasia from the beginning of the Common Era (A. D.) to the Seventeenth Century. Our principal goal is to provide via the Internet materials for learning and teaching about the Silk Road.

http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/index.html

Ala Archa Mountaineers Cemetery

Ala Archa Mountaineers Cemetery

The site includes historical notes about the development of mountaineering in the republic

In Russian only

http://www.memorial.in.kg/

Ethnic conflict in the Osh region in summer 1990: Reasons and lessons

Ethnic conflict in the Osh region in summer 1990: Reasons and lessons

The territories of the former Soviet Union have experienced several interethnic conflicts, particularly in Sumgait, Fergana, Noviy Uzgen (Kazakhstan), and Tuva. The bloody war in Nagorno-Karabakh is still going on. Here, I shall focus on the Osh conflict in the summer of 1990, which involved the large Kyrgyz and Uzbek ethnic groups of Central Asia. This conflict shares several common features with conflicts elsewhere, but differs also. Furthermore, as elsewhere, in this “Turkic self-genocide” the ethno-territorial interests of the people were aroused. This tragedy was prompted by the difficult socioeconomic conditions and under-utilized labour resources in the region. The conflict is also connected with the struggle for access to power. A certain part of the population was seeking power and “greater liberty.”

http://www.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/uu12ee/uu12ee0d.htm