A bath built in the 10th to 11th centuries was found near Turkestan city
A bath built in the 10th to 11th centuries was found near Turkestan city. Ancient coins and buttons found next to sewer pipes prove that this building was built in this period. Archaeologists assume that the bath was not public and, most likely, was located inside a palace of the city.
YERBOLAT SMAGULOV, RESEARCHER, INSTITUTE OF ARCHEOLOGY:
- Preserved remains were smeared with a solution or clay plate. This makes them impenetrable. There are a series of baths. We counted four baths.
Bathing places have been found in every room of the building. In the latter room, two sewer pipes for draining dirty water have been found. Archaeologists discovered mineral substances and sent them to the laboratory. Scientists say that they can be remnants of washing facilities. Experts are sure that in the settlement located along the Silk Road, people lived until the 14th century. Then, when the nearby Yassy city started growing, the population relocated there.
BAKHYTZHAN NURKHANOV, SENIOR STAFF, ‘AZRET SULTAN’ MUSEUM-RESERVE:
- The place where we stand now is called Rabat of the city which means the economic part. Usually, baths and other similar facilities were built in a place like this.
The scientists say that such pipes were also found during excavations of Syganak and Otyrar. The Shoitobe ancient settlement, where the bath was discovered, is placed under the state protection. Research at the historic site will continue for the next three years.