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By Alexander Bogatik
TARAZ – A Taraz archaeological dig will be expanded, officials have decided.
Zhambyl Oblast Governor (Akim) Kanat Bozumbayev November 20 discussed the dig with its director, Prof. Karl Baipakov. Baipakov, director of the Institute of Archaeology of the Kazakhstani Academy of Sciences, showed Bozumbayev satellite photos that proved the boundaries of the ancient Taraz settlement his team is working on were far greater than originally thought. For example, archaeologists now know a Zoroastrian cemetery lies under present-day Dostyk Square.
Baipakov’s team expects to find relics from three eras – the early Turkic period (6th-8th centuries), the 10th-12th centuries and the Kokand Khanate (18th century).