‘Nomads of the Great Steppe’ expedition
Today, the Kyzylorda region’s 532 cultural and historical facilities are under the state protection. 9 facilities entered the UNESCO heritage list. The ‘Nomads of Great Steppe’ expedition started to promote the region’s cultural and historical facilities. A group of historians, archaeologists and the regional representatives of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan headed to the Zhankozha batyr burial site in the first place. The burial site is located in the Kazalinsky district. People remember the batyr for a good reason: Zhankozha fought for Kazakh independence and took part in the national liberation movement. The next destination is the Zhankent hillfort which occupies 20 hectares. The town was a capital city of the Oguz state.
SEIDALI BILYALOV, RESEARCHER, KORKYT ATA KYZYLORDA STATE UNIVERSITY:
- Foundations of nearly 20 houses were discovered here. According to findings, an open hearth was located in the center of each living room. The researchers found out that the people professed Islam in Zhankent. Jewelry with the inscription "Mohammed" was found and some dishes have the Arabic ligature. With the help of coins we can identify the time of this ancient settlement which dates back to the 10th century. These are the Khorezm coins which were minted in 940-960. Zhankent wasn’t destroyed, it was an abandoned city.
Members of the expedition visited the Gani Muratbayev memorial museum. This year marks 115th anniversary of the organizer of Central Asian youth movement. The expedition members also visited the Korkyt Ata memorial complex. The young generation can’t stop admiring the legendary personality of a zhyrau and a kobyz performer.
GULCIN GEIDAROVA, HEAD, TURKISH ETHNO-CULTURAL CENTER:
- We, representatives of ethno-cultural centers took part in the first stage of this expedition, particularly, visited Turkestan and the Arystan bab mausoleum. During the second stage, we have learned a lot of interesting things about our common roots and history of the Turkic-speaking countries. This information is very useful especially for young people, who have to know their history.
Members of the expedition admit that they were able to revisit the past by traveling to historical and cultural monuments. Years and centuries seem to be linked by an invisible thread.