Describe the Kelteminar culture in Central Asia.

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In Eurasia, the land that makes up the region of Kazakhstan neighbors with Uzbekistand and Turkmenistan. Kazakhstan is linked to the original Russian Empire as the furthest place West to where the largest population of ethnic Europeans were forcibly moved.  The Kelteminar people (ca 6000 BC- 3000 BC) were the earliest ancestors to have ever inhabited in that remote area. These were settlers who established themselves in the area of the Aral Sea, which encompasses all three previously-mentioned countries altogether.

As all other settlers by water, the Kelteminar were mainly fishermen, hunters, gatherers, sedentary, and not nomadic.  They were mother-goddess, rather than fish-man goddess, worshipers  based on the evidence left behind in the form of statues and effigies. As neolithic people, their art and craftsmanship in stone was sophisticated, and as a result of that they showed early signs of copper usage, moving from a Neolithic to a Chalcolithic culture. As the Kelteminar advanced in technology their culture took a huge leap, becoming a full-fledge Bronze Age culture complete with a talent for exporting all throughout that same area of Eurasia. The Kelteminar continued their Westward expansion, ceding their original location, and Bronze Age culture, to all subsequent tribes.

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