One of eight teardrop-shaped plaques with granulation and argali decoration. (Photo: The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty)

For the Geo Quiz, we are looking for a mountain range that dominates the region where Kazakhstan, China and Russia meet. The foothills and valleys in eastern Kazakhstan are dotted with ancient burial sites called kurgans. That is where archaeologists have found spectacular gold pieces, jewelry and animal figures. The artifacts offer clues as to the life of the nomadic people who wandered the region centuries ago. The Altai Mountains are the answer to the Geo Quiz. Excavation at the Altai kurgans, near the village of Berel, have revealed clues about the nomadic lifestyle from centuries ago. Kazakhstan's four national museums have loaned several hundred of those artifacts to a museum in New York City. Anchor Marco Werman talks to Jennifer Chi, curator of the museum, about the exhibit.

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