HISTORICAL EXPEDITION VISITS UKRAINE AND MOLDOVA
Historical expedition is continuing its journey. They reached Moldovan village named Kipchak in Gagauzia autonomous region. There is a mountain that looks like a forest from the distance. According to historical data, the village is 2,000 years old and is named Kipchak. In those times, Desht-i-Kipchak extended from the Great Wall of China to the Danube.
VLADISLAV MARINOV, DIRECTOR, HISTORICAL AND LOCAL LORE MUSEUM, MOLDOVA.
- Kipchaks are our ancestors. In the period of the Russian Empire, there were several settlements named Kipchak on the territory of Moldova, the previous Budjak or Bessarabia. Despite the fact that Kipchak was one of the developed steppe countries, it was inhabited by various tribal alliances.
SAPAR ISKAKOV, HEAD OF EXPEDITION:
- We should conduct a research on economics, culture and spiritual values. Therefore, I would like to emphasize that it is necessary to develop relations.
The historical expedition visited Ukraine. The state Kiev archive contains books written in the Armenian-Kipchak language. Over 150 years ago, they were brought from Kamenets-Podolsky city that was home for Armenians. The books describe the 50 years span of life of the tribe.
OLGA VOVK, STAFF, CENTRAL ARCHIVE, UKRAINE:
- There are a lot of records relating to property: wills, and property division between relatives, church construction documents, how money was collected and how these churches were built, documents related to the work of the workshops. Documents about different historical personalities have been preserved.
The texts were preserved thanks to good quality paper and writing ink. Archive staff digitalized the books and gave to scientists from Kazakhstan. Very few Ukrainian scientists study the culture of Kipchaks. The two countries’ diplomats found them. Historians say that the traces of Kipchaks on this territory date back to the 11th century. They left a lot of historical monuments.
YAROSLAV PILIPCHUK, REPRESENTATIVE, INSTITUTE OF ORIENTAL STUDIES, UKRAINE:
- They left a lot of historical monuments, documents written in Armenian language, polovtsian statues are exhibited in many Ukrainian museums. The best collection is exhibited in Dnepropetrovsk museum. There are also monuments in Kherson Museum and in Kharkov. Most of them were found in the south-east of Ukraine.
Local scientists are ready to cooperate with the Kazakh colleagues and conduct joint research in order to restore historical data important for the two brotherly nations.