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UCA publishes “Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan”

Publication Based on 20 Years of Archaeological Research by Kubat Tabaldiev

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 5 March 2012 – The University of Central Asia (UCA) has launched its latest publication, Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan in Bishkek.

Written by Kubat Tabaldiev, the book is based on twenty years of archeological research in the Naryn and Issyk Kul regions. It presents evidence of a rich heritage dating from different historical eras encompassing the Stone Age, Bronze Era, Early Iron Age and the Middle Ages. In the book, Tabaldiev introduces a new designation for this geographical area – Tenir Too.
“The artifacts and spiritual culture of the Kyrgyz is an excellent example of interweaving rich cultural traditions and historical events, which are described in this book,” reflects author Tabaldiev.

The author collected materials on archaeological monuments in Naryn Oblast through interviews with local elders. The artifacts and spiritual culture of the Kyrgyz offer excellent examples of the interweaving of rich cultural traditions and historical events, which are all vividly described in this book.

“Since its inception, UCA has been supporting scholars of cultural and historic heritage. The purpose of this publication is to not only advance information about ancient monuments in the Naryn region, but also to promote tourism and increase awareness among Narynians of the need to protect outdoor historical sights,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, UCA.

The book was launched in Naryn, where the University is constructing one of its three campuses, as part of a series of events that will emphasize the importance of preserving historical monuments -- and the role of local residents in the process. For example, Zamir Aldayarov, school principal of Kara Kungei village school (Kochkor Raion), plans to open a regional history museum, with many Narynians already taking active part in preserving historical monuments.

The Bishkek launch was accompanied by the Tengir Too Folklore Ensemble supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative transmitting nomadic rhythms from Kyrgyz mountains. The Ensemble was created by the Honoured Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic Nurlanbek Nyshanov- Its name is derived from the majestic mountain ranges of the Naryn Oblast.

Since 2008, UCA has supported publications by local scholars related to cultural heritage, building capacity in research tools, and collaborative projects with partner institutions. Last year, it published a definitive two-volume study on Kyrgyz melodies,  Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts and Opinions (Volumes I-II); Volumes I, II, and III of The Musical Arts of the Pamirs, a five-volume study on folk music, oral history, and theatre traditions from the Pamir region of Tajikistan; and a Herder’s Manual in Kyrgyz, Russian and English, which is expected to contribute to a positive change in livestock and pasture management in rural areas of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Forthcoming publications include: Music in Central Asia: an Introduction; Cities of the Dead; The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan; Islam, Nomadic Heritage and Kyrgyz Identity; Musical Arts of the Pamirs, Volumes IV & V; Archaeological Map of the Eastern Pamirs; and Kyrgyz and Kazakh Nomadic Culture through Proverbs.

The Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan is written by Kubat Tabaldiev. Further information is available on: Orders can be placed by emailing:

For further information please contact:

Nisar Keshvani 
Head of Communications
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street, 720001 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic
Mobile: +996 (0) 770 822 851

Anna Vorobeva 
Communications Officer
Aga Khan Development Network
Representation, Kyrgyz Republic
80, Tynystanov Street, Kyrgyz Republic
Mobile: +996 772 533 726.


The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University; ratified by the respective parliaments, and registered with the United Nations. UCA brings with it the commitment and partnership of the broader Aga Khan Development Network. 

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan is founder and Chairman of the The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion. The AKDN’s underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society. Its annual budget for social and cultural development is in excess of US$ 600 million. In Kyrgyzstan, more than 1,000 people, most of whom are local citizens, are directly employed by AKDN and its various agencies.