"History and Culture of the Great Steppe" Round Table at EKSTU

 19 July 2019

Jointly with the R.B. Suleimenov Institute of Oriental Studies, the D. Serikbayev EKSTU organized a round table with participation of researchers from Russia, Japan and Belgium.

The round table was also participated by Deputy Akim of the Region Asem Nusupova and Secretary of the Oblast Maslikhat Vladimir Golovatyk.

Prior to that, the participants of the round table were on an expedition to Altai. The researchers visited the Berel mounds, a place where unique archaeological finds from IV-III centuries BC were found. Every presentation was under impression and full of commentaries about the seen.

Geneticists conduct analysis of materials and objects of the Botai settlement. Special attention is paid to studying bones of found animals to determine animal species, habitat, food, etc.

General Director of the Republican Enterprise "Institute of General Genetics and Cytology" shared a report with the theme "Paleogenetic research of iconic archaeological finds in Altai". At the Institute, a detailed laboratory research of the "Urdzhar Tzarina" was conducted and remnants of such figures as the Altyn Adam from the Eleke Sazy necropolis were analyzed. The report of Leila Dzhansugurova was unique - for the genetic research finds were reported for the first time, at the EKSTU!

Anna-Marie Vilmeno, professor at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, revealed the topic of Kazakh shamanism. She has been working in Kazakhstan for a long time and has published several books about the culture and customs of the Kazakh people. Anna-Marie Vilmeno briefly talked about her books and the basics of Kazakh shamanism.

Toko Fujimoto, PhD, an assistant professor at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, works with a Central Asian culture. She knows the Kazakh language, and for a long time worked in the Pavlodar region, studied life, customs, customs of the Kazakh people. Toko Fujimoto in her speech emphasized - "Of particular importance to nomads is the creation of burials and barrows, because they were always in motion and changed the place of dwellings."

Also made speeches: Professor Alan Eraly Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Natalya Tadysheva Candidate of Historical Sciences, Deputy Director of the Institute of Altaiistics named after S. Surazakova, Gorno-Altaysk, Altai Republic; Oshan Zhanymkhan, a leading researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies.

Professors and scientists talked about approaches to the study of historical and cultural monuments, shared ancient legends about nomads and religious and mythological ideas about the Turks.

The cooperation of specialists from the general humanities and natural sciences of 9 academic research centers and leading universities of Kazakhstan and foreign countries is important and is being implemented for the first time.