Kazakh researchers share results of scientific expedition to Tanbaly tract
Kazakh researchers discovered new and unknown facts about the rich cultural past of nomads of the Great Steppe. Domestic researchers accidentally stumbled upon them during an archaeological expedition to the Tanbaly tract, located 170 kilometers from Almaty. Researcher of the Tanbaly Reserve-Museum Zhanserik Mukashev announced this during a live broadcast on social media.
“Last month, we, the researchers of the Tanbaly Reserve-Museum, together with the specialists of the Geoarchaeological Department of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University conducted a scientific expedition to the rural district of Tegeres, which is located in Zhambyl district of Almaty region. Our goal was to find ancient burials dating from the Bronze Age to the middle ages of the Turkic period,” Mukashev said.
He said that sacred exhibits were discovered during the excavations, including a seven-centimeter long arrow made of dark iron. In addition, they found a unique seven-centimeter long and three-centimeter wide whetstone. Mukashev said that all of the artifacts are now being carefully examined by scientists.
“We found seven stone boxes. They contained bronze necklaces, ceramic articles, and those items that were placed inside the graves with the dead at that time. Currently, all these finds are under examination, and, of course, they are living proof of the culture of burial of people of that time. After all these exhibits are examined, they will be transferred to the museum’s collection. Some of them will be available for public eye in the near future. Our work will not stop there. We will definitely continue our expeditions,” Mukashev said.
He noted that geological exploration work has been carrying out in other parts of the Tanbaly tract since the beginning of this year.
“We photographed each of the five groups of rocks, conducted in-depth studies, examined all the facts and identified sites for reconstruction. We put all this on paper. We created an entire photo album. We do this kind of analysis every year. It is particularly important to preserve this heritage for future generations,” Mukashev said.
There are up to 5,000 petroglyphs at the Tanbaly tract. Rock paintings of amazing beauty cover an area of up to 3,800 hectares of land, and nine of them have truly historic and sacred petroglyphs. Most often, these are images of sun-headed deities. There are many images of mummers, warriors with sticks and spears, marriage couples and women in labor. There are also household drawings and compositions depicting people and animals, scenes of hunting, rituals and sacrifices attesting to the rich historical past of ancient nomads.