As a result of joint excavations by Chinese and Kazakh archaeologists, significant progress was made in the study of the ancient settlement along the Great Silk Road.
In particular, based on the cooperation with the Yesik State Historical and Cultural Reserve Museum, the Institute of Archeology of Shanxi Province (Northwest China) announced the start of the third phase of archeological excavations in the site of Rakhat town.
A researcher of the Institute Ding Yan, who participated in the cross-border archeological program, excavated 980 square meters last year and studied 500,000 square meters of the ancient town.
Historical artifacts found belong to the period of 2400-1400 years ago. The results of the study indicate that along the Silk Road in Tien Shan mountains there was a prosperous civilization.