Karatau Mountains

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Karatau Mountains in area of the city of Kentau

The Karatau Mountains (Kazakh: Қаратау жотасы, Qarataý jotasy) are located in southern Kazakhstan just north of the Syrdaria River, and they display a unique geomorphology. The name Karatau means Black Mountain in the Kazakh language. The mountains, aside from housing a varied geology, contain numerous stone archaeological sites that represent the many stages of cultural evolution from the early Paleolithic Age (1 million BP) to the Neolithic Age (6500 BP).[1]

World Heritage Status[edit]

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on September 24, 1998 in the Cultural category.[2]



Coordinates: 42°53′20″N 69°58′50″E / 42.88889°N 69.98056°E / 42.88889; 69.98056