Kazakhstan’s culture minister is developing a map of the country’s historical sites ahead of the expo. It will include information about a complex of monuments around Ulytau in eastern Kazakhstan, the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, the ancient monuments of Taraz, Beket-ata burial, and Zhetisu sacred places. In addition, to promote tourism development in Kazakhstan, Discovery and National Geographic channels will shoot documentary films about Kazakh historic monuments. Promotion of Kazakhstan’s cultural heritage will make it more recognizable, experts say.

 

ARYSTANBEK MUKHAMEDIULY, KAZAKH MINISTER OF CULTURE AND SPORTS:

 - For the first time in the thousand-year history of the republic, we are taking steps to revive the genetic code in the public consciousness. No economic model will be successful unless it is based on national and cultural roots. It is the national self-awareness and competitiveness rather than rich mineral resources that are key factors of the nation’s wellbeing.

 

Kazakh scientists have made a discovery in the eastern Kazakhstan. The historians have found a unique geoglyph on 15 solitary mounds in the vicinity of Semey. All of them are located in the mountains of Semeytau and form a large cubic parabola. They were found via the satellite images. It took two years to study them. A bronze buckle was found during one of the expeditions in this area. The artifact allows tracing the mounds to the early Iron Age. 

 

MARAT SASSANOV, CHAIRMAN, LOCAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION:

 - This is probably the first geoglyph discovered in the East Kazakhstan region. Scientists acknowledged that this is a geoglyph. Now they need to be studied. There are different versions of how and when it was created. There are artifacts that confirm that it was made in the first millennium BC.

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