This summer, the center of historical studies of the people who lived in the steppes of Desht-i Qipchaq will be opened in Kazakhstan. This was announced at a press conference on the results of Kazakhstan’s historical expedition. They have chosen the span from the 10th century until the formation of the Kazakh Khanate. According to the traveler Sapar Iskakov, this period is very poorly studied by Kazakh scientists. The historical documents will be prioritized. During the expedition our researchers got access to the archives of many countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Hungary and Russia. Results of the expedition’s work will be discussed at an international conference in September.

 

SAPAR ISKAKOV, HEAD OF EXPEDITION:

- Desht-i Qipchaq is a country that extended from Altai to Danube. Our ancestors also visited Japanese islands in 1370, when one of the khans united China and formed the Yuan dynasty. A khan made three raids on Japan and all three were unsuccessful. These people of a 30-thousand-strong army stayed at the Japan islands, they were the Qipchaqs, our ancestors.

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