REVIVING THE HISTORY
Kazakhstani scientists are on the verge of new discoveries. Archaeological excavations in the ancient settlement of Kultobe have revealed the ancient Kushan coin and one more fragment of pottery with ancient inscriptions. According to the preliminary data, the age of the find is 2 thousand years. Huma, a vessel for storing grain, is the same age. The artifacts have a huge historical value. The jug has a tamga-shaped sign of the Sarmatians. All the finds will be carefully studied and transferred to the museum. They might unveil new facts in the history of Kazakhstan.
ALEKSANDER PODUSHKIN, HISTORIAN, PROFESSOR, SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN PEDAGOGICAL INSTITUTE:
- These unique artifacts show the origin of the Kazakh ethnos and Kazakhstan’s statehood. We are talking about such notions as the formation of historical and ethnic self-awareness among the young people.
Restoration of burial mounds was resumed in Eastern Kazakhstan. The tracts of Shilikty and Berel are still hiding the secrets of the Saka tribes. In the steppe, between the highlands, there are more than 100 ancient tombs and millions of undiscovered artifacts. Kazakhstan’s third "Golden Man" was found in Shilikty in 2003. Recently, archaeologists have unearthed another sensational find - the garments of ancient leaders. The graves were looted and require reconstruction.
Construction of the second sarcophagus over the burial places of the Saka tribes is being completed in the Katon-Karagai district in the tract of Berel. 90 million tenge were allocated from the state budget for this purpose.
ZHANGELDY AKHMADIYEV, DIRECTOR, BEREL MUSEUM-RESERVE:
- The Shiliktinsky burial mounds also belongs to us which are of great importance. The mounds will be completely shielded. This is a historical place with an area of 100 hectares.
Protective guarding isn’t a barrier for researchers who study the places of worship. Students of regional universities are ready to help restore cultural heritage facilities. Students of history faculty from Oskemen visited excavations work at the Berel site three times this summer.
YERBOLAT SUNGAT, STUDENT OF HISTORY DEPARTMENT:
- I'm proud that I'm working in the excavations since I'm contributing to our history. The Berel mounds are our history and our ancestors.
Tourist routes to the mounds will soon be organized. For this purpose, Kazakhstan is preparing to launch a virtual map of cultural heritage sites.
TURGELBAI BEKBERGENOV, SENIOR RESEARCHER, KAZAKH RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF CULTURE:
- Throughout the country 400 facilities will be photographed for the map of localization, 450 facilities will be shot across all regions and will be shown on the virtual map. Every year, the virtual map will be updated.
The cartographers promise to compile the exact coordinates of locations of more than 200,000 historical monuments in the next two years.