TASKAMAL stone fortress
One of the greatest mysteries for archaeologists is the origin of Taskamal. This is what the locals call a man-made wall made of stone blocks in Burabay.
Official science studiously ignored Taskamal. Scientists call it a rock ridge. Although the fact that this is a fortress wall is clear at first glance. The lower tier is made of small stones – weighing about a hundredweight, and the upper one is simply made of giant blocks-weighing up to ten tons.
The wall is located near the sanatorium “Okzhetpes” and as if trying to surround the top of the mountain. According to legend, these stones were laid by the soldiers of Abylai Khan, who thus demonstrated physical strength.
There are other versions. One of them connects the ancient fortress with the presence of gold deposits on the territory of the national Park. Archaeologists confirm that the Saks mined the precious metal in Burabay. And the above-mentioned fortress served to protect the prospectors. Even the ancient Greek historian Herodotus wrote that the gold of the Scythians was guarded by griffins-mythical monsters with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle. Indeed, images of griffins adorn many Saka jewelry. Herodotus pointed out that fortresses were built for griffins. Perhaps Takamul was the abode of one of the domesticated Sak custody.
By the way, near the forest area, archaeologists found 122 Sak mounds, where tools, gold jewelry and weapons were found, which indicates the importance of Burabay for ancient nomads. Excavations of burial grounds continue to this day.