Ancient city of Zhankent to turn into open-air museum
The results of the archaeological research carried out on the northern fortress wall of the citadel, the eastern gate, and the residential quarter inside the settlement of Zhankent were presented at a research and practice seminar. According to the Department of Culture, Archives and Documentation of Kyzylorda region, restoration work on the northern fortress wall was also presented. Five semi-circular towers were cleaned, their surface was covered with adobe plaster to protect against precipitation. Residential building at excavation site No. 1 is another restored object. A temporary shed has been erected on its territory, covering 400 square meters of the excavation area. Three living quarters and interior elements of the interior, including sufa, hearths and tandoors, were restored and reconstructed there. In addition, archaeologists noted that many other works were carried out in order to restore the ancient appearance of the Zhankent settlement.
The historical monument has been studied by the international archaeological expedition since 2005, which includes archaeologists, historians, geophysicists, soil scientists, architects, osteologists and other scientists. In addition to archaeological excavations, they have been working on the organization of a protective zone and carrying out conservation activities since 2014. Their results show that the architectural structures of the settlement are well preserved. Further conservation work will contribute to the creation of an archaeological park on the territory of historical monument.