MEMORANDUM ON CONSERVATION OF ANCIENT CITY SARAYSHYK SIGNED IN ASTANA
Archeological tourism will be developed in Kazakhstan. Ancient monuments and ancient sites will help attract more travelers, experts say. Former territories of ancient cities will turn into tourist attractions. The Ministry of Culture and Sports together with the Mayor’s Office of Atyrau region will start the restoration of Saraishyk. The memorandum on preservation of the ancient settlement was signed at the conference "History of the Great City". The agreement will help to divide responsibilities between state bodies to ensure maximum effect. It is necessary to build the dam along the ancient settlement’s territory and to continue its conservation and restoration, and organize archaeological excavations.
ARYSTANBEK MUKHAMEDIULY, KAZAKH MINISTER OF CULTURE AND SPORTS
The Ministry is planning to allocate 100 million tenge for the first stage reconstruction works. This work will be done step by step. There is no need to reconstruct the entire city. Archeologists will have to delineate the main streets, where eastern gates were located. Reconstruction works will be held at the same time, of course.
More than 40 Kazakh and foreign experts debated on preservation of Kazakhstan’s historical heritage, the ancient city Saraishyk.
ALEKSEY KOVALEV, PUBLIC AND POLITICAL FIGURE, RUSSIA
Russia has recently adopted strict laws that prevent illegal excavation and the export of archaeological monuments from the territory of the Russian Federation. We would be very glad if our experience was helpful for Kazakhstani legislators because we live in a single customs area now.
Saraishyk existed throughout the 13th-16th centuries. It was an important trade and cultural center on the Silk Road. The settlement is located 55 km from modern Atyrau. Open-air museum similar to the ancient settlement of Taraz will be created on the site after the monument’s reconstruction.