Archaeologists discovered gold jewelry of the Bronze Age in the East Kazakhstan region. In addition, scientists have found decorated national instrument called sybyzgy, dishes used in the 11th century BC and arrowheads. Shyngystau expedition started their work in the summer. They camped near the Lake Chagan in the village Toktamys. Excavations of Kyrykungir burial were carried in this area.

 

ULAN UMITKALIYEV, HEAD OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT, GUMILYOV EURASIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY:

We began this work in 2014. Our team has already examined 11 forts belonging to the Bronze Age. In addition, we investigated two monuments, which belong to the Iron Age.

 

During excavations, archaeologists found 140 assyks (knuckle bones) in men’s grave. They believe that assyks served a different function those days. For the ancient inhabitants, they were not just a toy for a child, but also a mascot. This fact is of a particular importance for archaeologists.

 

ULAN UMITKALIYEV, HEAD OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT, GUMILYOV EURASIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY:

We believe that in ancient times, mourners threw assyks to the grave and then covered it with soil.  Assyks were symbols of courage. Some wore them as a talisman, and threw it to the grave when loved ones died.  Assyks have been found in many tombs.

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