University of Central Asia publishes “Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan” based on 20-year archaeological research by Kubat Tabaldiev
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 5 March 2012 – The University of Central Asia (UCA) launched its latest publication: Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan in Bishkek on 5 March 2012.
Written by Kubat Tabaldiev, the book is based on twenty years of archeological research in the Naryn and Issyk Kul regions. It presents evidence of the rich heritage from different historical eras covering the Stone Age, Bronze Era, Early Iron Age and the Middle Ages. In this book, Tabaldiev introduces a new designation for this geographical area – Tenir Too.
“The artifacts and spiritual culture of the Kyrgyz is an excellent example of interweaving rich cultural traditions and historical events, which are described in this book,” reflects author Tabaldiev.
The author collected rich materials on archaeological monuments in Naryn Oblast through interviews with local elders. The artifacts and spiritual culture of the Kyrgyz are excellent examples of the interweaving of rich cultural traditions and historical events, which are vividly described in this book.
“Since its inception, UCA has been supporting scholars of cultural and historic heritage. The purpose of this publication is to not only advance information about ancient monuments in the Naryn region, but also to promote tourism and increase awareness of Narynians of the need to protect outdoor historical sights,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General, UCA.
The book was launched in Naryn on 28 February 2012, where the University is constructing one of its three campuses, as part of a series of events that will emphasize the importance of preserving historical monuments -- and the role of local residents in the process. For example, Zamir Aldayarov, school principal of Kara Kungei village school (Kochkor Raion), plans to open a regional history museum, with many Narynians already taking active part in preserving historical monuments.
The Bishkek launch was accompanied by the Tengir Too Folklore Ensemble supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative transmitting nomadic rhythms from Kyrgyz mountains. The Ensemble was created by the Honoured Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic Nurlanbek Nyshanov. Its name is derived from the majestic mountain ranges of the Naryn Oblast.
Since 2008, UCA has supported publications by local scholars related to cultural heritage, building capacity in research tools, and collaborative projects with partner institutions. Last year, it published a definitive two-volume study on Kyrgyz melodies; Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts and Opinions (Volumes I-II) and Volumes I, II, and III of The Musical Arts of the Pamirs, a five-volume study on folk music, oral history, and theatre traditions from the Pamir region of Tajikistan, as well as a Herder’s Manual in Kyrgyz, Russian and English, to contribute to a positive change in livestock and pasture management in rural areas of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Forthcoming publications include: Music in Central Asia: an Introduction; Cities of the Dead; The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan; Islam, Nomadic Heritage, and Kyrgyz Identity; Musical Arts of the Pamirs, Volumes IV & V; Archaeological Map of the Eastern Pamirs; and Kyrgyz and Kazakh Nomadic Culture through Proverbs.