Ancient Botay culture to be explored and displayed in Borovoe

ASTANA – Akmola Region Akim (Governor) Malik Murzalin met with Viktor Zaibert, professor of archaeology and researcher behind one of the most sensational archaeological discoveries in Botay culture of the 20th century as well as the producer of the documentary film trilogy “EQUUS,” Nurbol Baimukhanov.

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At the Sept. 24 meeting, issues of cooperation of the parties within the framework of the project “Spiritual Relics of Kazakhstan” were discussed. The Akmola region administration and the scientists plan to work together to reconstruct the Botay culture in Borovoe.

Zaibert noted that stormy historical events had occurred on the territory of Akmola, North Kazakhstan, Pavlodar and Kostanai regions, beginning in the sixth millennium BC. “It was here that the era of horse-transport communications began; then the steppe civilization. All this relates to the ancient Botay culture. And President Nursultan Nazarbayev in his programme article [Modernisation of Kazakhstan’s identity] paid special attention to this, because behind global economic processes we sometimes forget about the main spiritual values,” he said.

Baimukhanov will be involved in the joint project on the reconstruction of Botay culture. He noted that people who see the documentary on the history of equestrian transport and communications will undoubtedly want to see related historical places, and the reconstruction of the Botay culture in Borovoe will help attract tourists.

“EQUUS” was filmed in Akmola region, and explains how horses were saddled for the first time in the world in the northern regions of Kazakhstan. The film is planned to be shown in 60 countries of the world and be seen by more than 1 billion people.

During the meeting, issues related to the implementation of joint projects to attract tourists to the Shchuchinsk-Borovoe resort zone were discussed. Murzalin noted that tourism is necessary to realise the area’s full potential. “The Shchuchinsk-Borovoe resort zone not only has beautiful nature: there are remarkable pages of our country’s history that we should be proud of,” the governor summed up.

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