This Archaeological Park was created in 2011 by moving the Green Bazaar, when a 4 acre dig revealed 40,000 artifacts from the 1st-19th Centuries. Its now completely covered with walking platforms to see the various uncovered foundations. The new museum dedicated by the President in 2015, has 1st floor exhibits on the 4th C BC 'Golden Man'. The 44 acre site includes a park with many diversions.
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Large open-air excavation site, with canopy. Good signs in English. Museum buildings seemingly abandoned.
Just a bit southeast of the new Taraz Tole Bi Street pedestrian area is an archeological park that preserves the ancient Taraz dig. I think the site does not receive many visitors as the building directly next to the dig was empty and seemingly abandoned. There was a very small hut and we were surprised that a ticket salesman emerged from it when we approached. Entrance fee was 200 tenge per person and was posted on an official looking sign. In a large, open air, covered area, is the ancient settlement of Taraz. According to the sign, Taraz was founded around 40 BC. Today you can see remains of a citadel, shahrestan, and rabad, as well as water supply system (clay pipes) and public baths. There are interpretive signs in English. The large, colorful, domed building that you see in some pictures was also closed. It says "museum" out front, but we approached the building, found it empty other than a cleaning lady. So, I don't know about the museums -- they seem abandoned. But the dig site itself was interesting enough for a short visit.
Written 10 May 2021
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