Kazakh and Russian scientists intend to jointly study graphic monuments of the 18th and 19th centuries

Kazakh and Russian scientists intend to jointly study graphic monuments of the 18th and 19th centuries in the border areas. In particular, expeditions will be organized to the places of burial of Khanshee Bopai, the spouses of Abulkhair Khan, and the descendants of Genghis Khan in the steppes of the Orenburg region. This was reported by historians at an international conference organized by the People’s Assembly of Kazakhstan in Uralsk.

MURAT SADYKOV, DIRECTOR, REGIONAL CENTER OF HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY:

 - In Orenburg, scientists examined the kulpitas (grave stones), and the mounds. They found a number of kulpitas related to the family of Nuraly Khan, a burial was discovered there. We organized expeditions together with the Institute of Steppe to find the city of Shakashyk, a city that is designated in medieval maps. We believe that the city of Zhayik, which we found, is in fact Shakashyk.

Preservation of the common cultural heritage was also discussed at the meeting. One of the steps in this direction will be the publication of a collection of scientific papers by Russian and Kazakh scientists under the symbolic name "Eurasian Crossroads". Historical research will be conducted as part of the national project "Sacral Map of Kazakhstan".

VENALY AMELIN, DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY, ORENBURG STATE UNIVERSITY:

- Cultural heritage is a broad concept; it is archeology, history, monuments. We believe that this problem should be addressed not only by the authorities, but also by the institutions of civil society and by scientists. I think that this joint cooperation will be fruitful.