The burial ground is situated 1,5км to the South of the settlement Shamalgan of the Karasaysky region of Almaty area. The site was investigated by the Almaty Archaeological Expedition by leading of excavations in 1984 - 1987. The monument is surveyed in 2005 by Almaty expedition of Institute of archeology of A.H. Margulan.
The burial ground is located on a wide platform of the bottom right-bank terrace of the Shubaray River adjoining to "Shamalgan" valley. The burial ground consisted of more than 200 barrows located a continuous lines from the South to the North. The terrace platform e , is dismembered by ravines - traces old dry русел the rivers. On the terrace platform in 1984 - 1987 it was constructed dairy - a commodity complex in the process of construction of which the considerable part of barrows is destroyed.
So far, now we collected information about 59 graves investigated by scientific expeditions. It represent data by small barrows of a burial ground of Shubarat I barrows with embankments with diameter from 4 to 14 m, from 0,1 to 0,8 m high. Barrows embankments consist of stones and soil: with a continuous stone or ring armor by the edge, in some cases in the basis of a stone armor were traced small ditches.
Funeral constructions under embankments were managed in simple holes with direct vertical walls or holes with the “podboy” (special camera for body, made from northern side), consisting of the vertical lifted hole (dromos) rectangular or oval outlines and the “podboy” dug along a northern wall of a hole settled down. Small barrows of a burial ground contained single “podboy” or simple soil graves – single or pair; graves of the first type are prevailing. Lifting holes were usually densely paved by boulders in some ranks; the “podboy” was forced with vertically established bar shaped stones or with logs. Parameters of the lifting holes makes from 1,65х0,8м to 3,1х1,15м, depth – 0,85-2,4m; podboy parameters – 1,95х0,9м - 3,2х1,15м, depth - 1-3m. Entrance holes and podboy cameras were usually focused to the line the East-West, is frequent with deviations. The upper tomb embankment usually has a stone facing.
The body of dead laid more often in the extended position on the back, is more rare - on the left side with the turned-in feet, were guided the head by the West - the North West or the North, is much rare to the West – South- West, the Northwest and the East – South- East. Close to the right shoulder of the dead the accompanying food usually was located: sacrum and vertebral bones of small cattle, it is frequent with a knife. 1-2 ceramic vessels in the form of jugs, pots, bowls or mugs were established behind the head. Vessels meet the decorated surface in rare instances: the decor in the form of a corbel of angular prints, carved triangles or a colorful grid from inclined being crossed lines was put on mouths of vessels. From personal jewelry a beads, usually stone (sardonyx, cornelian) and on point duty, head hairpins, earrings meets. Earrings in the form of a ringlet from a bronze wire with an eyelet were collected. Bronze suspension brackets - amulets in a look "crutch" were meet seldom. Fragments are found in some category buried at a belt stone boatshaped grinding stones. The studied part of the burial ground is dated IV- III centuries BC.
The southern group of the burial ground of Shubarat I include 65 barrows, extended as wide strip length 1,5 км along the bed of Shubarat River. Through all the area of a burial ground the line of barrows holding the central position is traced, it is made a different form by barrows. To the right and to the left from the main line of barrows there are the short chains, parallel the main. At eastern edge the largest objects settle down. Embankments of barrows were constrycted from the earth and a stone. Diameter of embankments is from 3 to 30 m, height is from 0,3 to 3,0м. Distances between barrows make from 3 to 160м.
The northern group of a burial ground Shubarat I consists of 4 barrows of the northern edge of the site, 2 from them situated among economic objects of a complex. Embankments were built from the earth and stones, diameters 8 - 40 m height 0,6- 4 m. Distances between barrows - 10- 170м.