The expedition titled "In the footsteps of ancestors" continues its journey through Kazakhstan. The participants have already visited the native village of the legendary wrestler, Kazhimukan Munaitpasov, where a monument to the undefeated countryman has been erected. The expedition has arrived in the Torgai steppes - the cradle of the Kazakh history, birthplace of such historical figures as Ybyray Altynsarin, Amangeldi Imanov and Alibi Zhangeldin. The local museum has carefully preserved the gems of the regional history. Once here, one dives into the atmosphere of the past. Original guns of the participants of the insurrection of the beginning of the 20th century are collected here. The museum has a portrait of Amangeldi Imanov by famous artist Abilkhan Kasteyev. There is a wooden chest from the house of Kaky batyr preserved here. A small museum has become a storehouse of these priceless exhibits.

 

BATYRLAN SAGYNTAYEV, TORGAI MUSEUM STAFF:

 - This chain armor, it is also called kireuke, belonged to the well-known warrior Sary Koshkar. He served in Kenesary Khan’s troops. Zhanbyrshy Zhangabylov donated the chain armor to the museum. For us this is a very valuable artifact.

 

Last year, after serious negotiations, Kaky batyr, the hero of the uprising of 1916 killed by the Bolsheviks in the 1923, was returned to his historical homeland. Soon there will be a mausoleum at the hero’s burial place. Its construction will be completed this fall.

 

AMANTAI BALGARIN, MAYOR OF ARKALYK TOWN:

 - We have prepared a special project. We will create all conditions for tourists and locals for visiting the local historical sites.  We will build the necessary infrastructure, provide access to roads. Even car parking will be provided here.

 

There are many interesting finds in the Kostanay region, say the archeologists. Last year, a skull of a man who lived in the Sarmatian epoch was discovered in the Amangeldi district. The find was donated to the local museum.

 

AKAN ONGARULY, HEAD OF NATIONAL HERITAGE RESEARCH INSTITUTE:

- During excavations near the remains, we found this earring and a clay jug. Based on these finds, the mound and the burial, we concluded that this man lived in the second century BC.

 

The route of the expedition includes Kazakhstan, Russia and Europe. Between May 4 and July 10, scientists will visit 15 countries. The main goal is to track and study the migration traces of the Kazakh ancestors, and also to get acquainted with the descendants of the ancient Huns, Turks and Kipchaks. At the end of the 65-day trip, a documentary film will be released. In addition, the expedition members will publish a scientific report, and possibly publish a book about the journey.

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