Findings from Archaeological Site on University of Central Asia’s Naryn Campus Site
Location: UCA Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Speaker: Dr Kubat Tabaldyev
Date: 25 May 2013, 10 am
Venue: University of Central Asia, 19 Seitaaly Jakypov Street, Naryn, 722900, Kyrgyz Republic
In Summer 2012, a group of archeologists from three universities in Kyrgyz Republic conducted archeological research on UCA’s campus site in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. The research was supported by the University of Central Asia, which is committed to the protection of the site, as part of its mission to help the peoples of Central Asia preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future. This lecture will describe the findings of the research study and its implications for the future protection of the site.
Led by archeology professor Dr Kubat Tabaldyev from Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, the study aimed to determine the historical significance of the archeological sites and inform government authorities of any necessary protection measures. The archeological study discovered more than 20 burial mounts (ancient interment sites), memorial fencing and petroglyph drawings and signs on stones. Previously this territory was not included in the national register of archeological sites. The discovered memorials span the Stone, Bronze, early Iron epochs and the Middles Ages. Specifically, the stone tools are of the Neolithic period and the burials belong of the Bronze epoch. The archeological study is planned to continue in 2013.
The lecture will discuss the significant contribution of these archeological findings to the body of knowledge on the ancient cultures in the territory of present-day Kyrgyzstan.
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Dr Kubatbek Tabaldiev is a historian and archeologist from Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University. He is published widely on archeology, including the book Ancient Monuments of the Tien Shan printed in 2012 with support from UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE). The book is based on Dr Tabaldyev’s 20 years of archeological research in Naryn and Issyk Kul regions of Kyrgyzstan. In addition to excavations, the book also documents the history and significance of archeological monuments through his research with local elders.
Other members of the research team include Oroz Soltobaev, Mikhail Moskalev and Temirlan Chargynov of Kyrgyz National University, and Dr Aida Abdykanova of American University of Central Asia.
The presentation will be conducted in Kyrgyz. English or Russian translation will be provided upon prior request.