The ancient city of Sarazm is believed to have been founded as a mining point to collect from nearby sources of turquoise. Established no later that 1500 BC, the city also served as an important regional agricultural and copper production center.
The town was discovered by a local farmer named Ashurali Tailonov in 1976 who found a copper dagger protruding from a nearby construction site.
World Heritage Status
This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on June 19, 2000 in the Cultural category.
Neolithic Settlement Sarazm - UNESCO World Heritage Centre Retrieved 2009-03-04.
Anthony, D.W. (2008), The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World, Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691058873
Central Asian river | PRI's The World Retrieved 2009-03-04.