Nearly 80% of the country is considered part of the Karakum Desert.
The traditional life of the Turkmen is that of nomadic shepherds, though some have been settled in towns for centuries.
The country is known for its fine carpets (one is even featured in its flag) and horses.
Turkmenistan is a fairly poor and underdeveloped country, even though billions have been spent on modernization in Ashgabat, Turkmenbashi, and many other cities in post Soviet times.
Dating back almost 4,000 years, the kingdom of Margiana — present-day east Turkmenistan — existed alongside Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt.
The civilisation took advantage of its position between China, India, Iran and the Near East on what came to be known as the Silk Road.
Many have seen Ashgabat’s decision to loan artefacts to a European museum as a bid from the nation’s authoritarian government to build diplomatic ties beyond the former Soviet Union.
The archaeological finds will be accompanied by images from German photographer Herlinde Koelbl, who travelled to Turkmenistan in January to capture imges of the nation, its people and heritage.
Enclosed by a massive circular wall and covering an area of 28 hectares, the city was divided into different areas, including a residential area, an artisan area, and a palace complex fortified by walls with defensive towers.
Although at least Annasoltan does say that already young Turkmens are turning to other social-networking sites.
Turkmenistan is a country in South-Central Asia with a population of about 5 million, and an area around half a million square kilometres, or almost the size of Spain.
There’s uproar among the youth in Turkmenistan today after the government decided to ban the popular social networking site, ru.
Currently, it’s inaccessible via both TM Cell and MTS (about whom I’ve reported before.) The website had eventually experienced a small surge in Turkmen users, especially young men and women who used it to get to know each other.