Kazakhstan’s historical expedition has arrived in the Caucasus. In Kabardino-Balkaria, the historians found burials similar to Desht-i-Kypchak. The Great Steppe nomads migrated here in the 12th century. The Caucasus was one of the Great Silk Road sections, a unique transcontinental route connecting history and culture. However, nomads were forced to leave the interfluve of the Volga and the Ural rivers after the invasion of the Mongols.

 

TENGIZ MOKAYEV, REGIONAL ETHNOGRAPHER, KABARDINO-BALKARIA:  

 - These ancient burials are subject to scientific research. As scientists say, this is the evidence of the common history of the Great Steppe and the Caucasus. 12-14th century monuments with the same inscriptions in Arabic are widespread on Kazakhstan’s territory.

 

The historical expedition has also visited Karachay-Cherkessia. The expedition found the Turkic warrior’s monument dated back to the 10-12th century that proves Kazakh people’s presence in the Caucasus. According to the legend, the monument represents the image of the Kypchaks.

 

SAPAR ISKAKOV, CURATOR OF EXPEDITION:

 - There was a large city named ‘Magaz’. There was a monastery. I’m sure the excavations will reveal many new artifacts.

 

Historians attributed the monastery to the same period. It is believed that the Karachay-Cherkessia residents are the descendants of the Turkic people.

 

ALBERT DOTDAYEV, HISTORIAN, KARACHAY-CHERKESSIA:

 - Northern Caucasus was previously inhabited by Scythians, Saks, Kypchaks and Khazars. Many Turkic tribes lived and farmed here.

 

There are Kuban Cossacks in Karachay-Cherkessia. They settled here in the tenth century. They helped to repel the raids of the Mongol conquerors. According to scientists, they may have Turkic roots. Members of the historical expedition conducted genetic tests to find it out.

 

SVETLANA OGAREVA, REPRESENTATIVE OF COSSAK DIASPORA, KARACHAY-CHERKESSIA:

 - We live in harmony with local residents. We celebrate all holidays together.

 

Kazakh and the Caucasus people have common history. This can be seen in the wedding ceremonies. For instance, a bride should be blessed by elders before marriage. Kazakh people are always welcome in the Karachay-Cherkessia. The Cherkess still remember Kazakh people’s help during the deportation, and of course, they are traditionally hospitable. The expedition members were warmly welcomed there as well.

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