Sunday, July 30, 2006

UNESCO Project Mapping Archaeology in Kazakhstan

An archaeological expedition from The Institute of Archaeology of Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science is continuing its research at the necropolis located at Berel in the eastern part of Kazakhstan. A part of the work involves a UNESCO project which is studying the burial mounds in association with the scientists of Belgium's Ghent University. That subproject is mapping the site with the help of modern technologies of satellite space communications.

In another part of the research, in collaboration with the team from the Central Asian French Archaeological Mission, the body of a Saka prince was discovered buried with 13 horses. . In this princely kourgan at the site, the sacrificed horses were fitted with false wooden horns fixed to their foreheads imitating those of ibex.

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