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Geoglyph "Shiiliysky Square".

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"The next morning, setting off on our way, we arrived at a certain ancient settlement, fortified with extensive ramparts and ditches. This city is made like a quadrangular castle, having an equal space of ramparts in all directions. From the east side, there is still an earthen gate that opens a free path inside it. The fallen ramparts, and the ditches of their former depth, deprived of their former depth, testify to the antiquity of this place: but the notes of worthy ruins are not visible either inside or in the ramparts, except for the tiles and stone lying in the city places "

Nikolay Rychkov. "Day notes of a trip to the Kirghiz-Kaysak steppe." 1771.

Sights of Kostanay region.

Geoglyph "Shiliysky square" is located in the eastern part of the Zhylanshykturme upland. In the interfluve of the Kara-Torgai, which is 7 kilometers south, the drying up Taldysai, which is 3.5 kilometers to the west, and the drying up Shilisay, which is 6 km to the east, flowing through the village of Kayindy.
The village of Kayindy is 7 kilometers to the east and the town of Arkalyk is 78 kilometers to the north-east. The geoglyph is located on the territory of the town administration of Arkalyk, Kostanay region. "Shilii square" is a square area surrounded by a rampart and a moat located on the outside.
The side of the square is about 225 meters long. The width of the shaft is 10 - 12 meters, the height is 1 - 1.5 meters, the width of the ditch is 10 - 12 meters, the depth is up to 1 meter. In the southern part, there is an entrance to the structure, represented by a rupture of a rampart and a ditch.
A hundred meters to the south of the square there is a mound with a flat top, the embankment was built of earth, the embankment diameter is 30 meters, the height is 1.5 meters, it is ringed with a moat up to 10 meters wide and up to 0.8 meters deep.
One hundred meters to the north of the square, there are five circles, which are platforms ringed with a shaft and lined up parallel to the side of the square. The diameter of the circle is 30 - 35 meters, the width of the shaft is 4 - 5 meters, the height is 0.2 - 0.3 meters.
The surface of the site inside the square is flat, no traces of any structures are visually recorded; in the northwestern part, clusters of ceramics, presumably of medieval age, were found; some fragments are also found on the rest of the site.

Logvin Andrey Viktorovich, head of the laboratory of archaeological research, Kostanay State University named after A. Baitursynov.
Shevnina Irina Viktorovna, Ministry of Taxes and Duties of the Laboratory of Archaeological Research, Kostanay State University. A. Baitursynov.
Dey Dmitry Borisovich, head of the Turgay Discovery project. Alexander Petrov.