Following footsteps of petroglyphs

Complex archaeological research will begin in the Sauyskandyk tract at the foot of Karatau in the Kyzylorda region. Petroglyphs were discovered in the area in 2004. The findings are of great importance to the study of rock art not only in Kazakhstan, but in the entire Central Asia region. According to scientists’ approximate calculations, nearly 12,000 ancient drawings and symbols were found in the 500 hectares territory.

AINUR ABILDAYEVA, METHODIST, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND LANGUAGES DEVELOPMENT:

- The petroglyphs date back 2000s BC. They reflect the lifestyle of people of that era. Basically, these are miniature images of animals, bulls, camels and horses. There are scenes of everyday life, too.

The petroglyphs of the Sauyskandyk tract are among the nine ancient monuments included in the preliminary list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. According to archaeologists, anthropomorphic figures belong to the creativity of people of the Scythian-Saka period and refer to the Bronze Age. Careful and comprehensive research is required to study the facility.

GALYMZHAN SADYKOV, SPOKESPERSON, ORGANIZATION FOR PROTECTION OF HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL MONUMENTS:

- The petroglyphs Sauyskandyk require a comprehensive scientific study. This is an important historical monument. We’ve sent our recommendations to the regional budget. The territory of the monument occupies a large area. Therefore, it is best to study in stages. First of all, it is necessary to gather information about all the stone slabs and study all the drawings on them. Ancient burial mounds might be discovered. Only then it is necessary to study all this together as one archaeological complex.

Sauyskandyk is one of the most beautiful places in the Kyzylorda region. Its natural-geographical and historical significance became the reason for the creation of a tourist center. In total, 517 historical and cultural monuments are located in the region, whereby 30 of them are of national importance.