Archaeologists of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan intend to discover traces of the Scythian Saka tribes in the Caucasian region. The researchers plan to join efforts. Scientists will use new historical facts discovered during the recent studies of the Berel burial mounds in order to expand the study of these ancient people. The most interesting moment has become the findings related to the Scythian Saka burial rite. According to experts, they can find out many historical events.

ZAUR ASANOV, RESEARCHER, AZERBAIJAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOGRAPHY:

- I think the important result was the study of the burial rite of this people. I want to discover the traces of this rite in Azerbaijani archeology. The study of this rite shows that, it has nothing to do with Zoroastrianism which contradicts with the opinion of many researchers,. Zoroastrians don’t bury or burn the deceased people, because it contradicts to the fundamentals of Zoroastrianism. Instead, we see the burial rite which is close to shamanism and the cult of ancestors of Turkic peoples.

A large number of Scythian Saka monuments were found in Azerbaijan which will be studied by the two countries. The scientists say that this will lead to many discoveries.

ZAUR ASANOV, RESEARCHER, AZERBAIJAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOGRAPHY:

- Archaeologists usually discover Scythian monuments, but they cant define them as Scythian. Therefore, the study of the burial rite comes in handy. We intend to start looking for these burial mounds in Azerbaijan with Kazakh archaeologist, Zeynolla Samashev and further excavating. Preliminary searches will be conducted based on the external features of these burial mounds.

The Berel burial mounds open new horizons for the international archeology by not only discovering lifestyle of Scythians, but also lifestyles of the Huns, Avars, and the Turkic Khaganate. The scientists claim that if development of studying burial rites in Altai will be continued, then this methodology can be used to learn the migration of tribes from Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan and geography of their settlement from ancient times to middle ages.

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