In the Balkan Region of Turkmenistan, there is a small (possibly abandoned) modern village built on top of what looks to be some sort of ancient ruins near the remote town of Chagyl. (Some of the contemporary houses at the site even appear to be using the raised walls of the ruins as fencing.)

Satellite Picture

You can see a satellite picture of the complex here: https://binged.it/2E9tk3L

(Bing calls this area Tuar, although Google Maps labels it Tüwer.)

Is there any information on the history of said ruins or what the area may have been known for before they were, well, ruined?

It's interesting that the site appears near the path of the fabled Silk Road.

It's also interesting that there look like what appear to be man-made path lines criss-crossing the desert in this general region as well.

(In more recent satellite pictures, you can see a modern railroad being built through some of these pathways to the north of the Garabogazköl lagoon at the Kazakhstan border.)

  • Are you sure they're ancient ruins, and not, for example, sheep pens?
    – Spencer
    Dec 1, 2018 at 23:51
  • No, I'm not sure what they are, although some of the structures appear to be very long and narrow, something that I would imagine would be unusual for sheep pens. If they are indeed built to contain animals, the walls in some areas seem to be about 5-10 feet thick. (Compare to scale at lower right-hand corner: binged.it/2SoSHkW ) Regardless, many of them look to be buried under a healthy coat of sand, which would imply that they are no longer in use.
    – user339676
    Dec 2, 2018 at 3:47
  • It lay in the paths of various Turko-Mongol invasions so it's possible that the ruins belong to one of the indo-european peoples that once lived there. You need to do some study on the region and compare building footprints to neighbouring areas and so forth.
    – Daniel
    Dec 3, 2018 at 2:33


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