Kazakhstan Great Steppe Gold Exhibition Praised by Famous Art Magazine Apollo

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NUR-SULTAN – The international art magazine Apollo, one of the oldest and most respected visual arts magazines in the world, has included the exhibition The Gold of the Great Steppe in the shortlist of exhibitions of the year, reports the Khabar television channel.

Artifacts found in burial mounds during excavations in eastern Kazakhstan. Photo credit: gov.kz

The Great Steppe Gold was hugely popular with the public as over 25,000 people came to see it at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge from September 28, 2021 until January 30, 2022.

Several well-known newspapers, including The Guardian, Telegraphand BBC News published articles about the exhibition, highlighting its success and importance.

The exhibition unveiled more than 300 archaeological finds from the Saka burial mounds in eastern Kazakhstan. These unique pieces dating back more than 2,700 years were discovered by Kazakh archaeologist Zeinolla Samashev together with other scientists and students over the past three years in three burial complexes – Eleke Sazy, Berel and Shilikty.

The brightest part of the exhibit was the reconstruction of the burial of an 18-year-old archer, who was found in 2018. He was buried with a younger female relative with over 15,000 gold jewelry and other valuable historical objects in a tomb.

A young archer was buried in the foothills of the Tarbagatay Mountains in eastern Kazakhstan around 2,700 years ago. Photo credit: gov.kz

According to the museum’s press service, recent excavations and analyzes carried out by archaeologists from Kazakhstan have helped them better understand how the Saka people lived and traveled, the things they made and what they believed in.

Fitzwilliam Museum director Luke Syson said at the exhibition’s opening ceremony that it was an extraordinary opportunity to rewrite the history of the world through objects discovered a few months ago. barely. “The most important thing for us at Cambridge is to show not only the artifacts themselves, but also the whole archaeological process and expertise used in Kazakhstan,” he said.

Archaeological excavations are expected to continue in eastern Kazakhstan in 2022.

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