Medieval history of Desht-i Qipchaq
As part of the Modernization of Public Consciousness program, Astana hosted an international conference where scientists from 13 different countries took part. The scientists discussed the formation of the Qipchaq community, the ethnic and cultural ties of Qipchaqs with other nationalities, as well as presence of the Qipchaq footprints in architectural landmarks located in different countries. Last year a group of researchers led by Kazakh traveler Sapar Iskakov started “Following the footsteps of ancestors” expedition. They visited countries particularly, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, India, Mongolia, Hungary, France, Italy and Egypt. Scholars managed to find information about history of Kazakhstan in each country.
SAPAR ISKAKOV, PUBLIC FIGURE, CURATOR, EXPEDITION:
- We’ve been only to 30 countries. Next year we plan to visit more than 20 countries, approximately 50 countries. Traces of our ancestors are kept everywhere in the form of architectural monuments, writing, books, in culture and language of local peoples, names of rivers, mountains and terrain. We had a state which had a border. This indicated on the maps that are located in libraries of Venice and Rome. There were khans long before Genghis Khan. I counted more than 25 Qipchaq khans.
Archeologists have found more than 10 maps of the 14-18 centuries. This can unveil new pages of the history of ancient Kazakhstan. According to the researchers, the new data will be included in the school textbooks.
ORDENBEK MAZBAYEV, DIRECTOR, TOURISM AND GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT, GUMILYOV EURASIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY:
- During the expedition we found medieval maps, the Qipchaq dictionary Codex Kumanikus, the Catalan map and so on. These artifacts need to be studied. A book will be published, and 15-20 documentary films will be released following the results of this conference.
Next year, scientists are planning to visit Japan, South Korea, China, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Bulgaria and other countries.