Kerulen Expedition announced sensational news related to Turkic history


The International Turkic Academy (TWESCO) has announced sensational news on Turkic history made in archaeological expedition in the Kerulen Valley. According to Kazinform, Director of the National Museum of Mongolia D. Sukhbaatar reported on it at the press conference in Ulaanbaator.

He pointed out that the valley on the Kerulen River where Kaghans lived is directly related to the Turkic history.

As it was earlier reported, the TWESCO and the National Museum of Mongolia started archaeological excavations at the Kerulen Valley. A scientific group called by the Academy as the "Kerulen Expedition"carries out excavations at the Khayakhudag and Gunburd complexes of the Turkic era in the Delgerkhaan Sum of the Khentii Province of Mongolia. This region was not identified as belonging to the Turkic era. However, the expedition has revealed that the Kerulen-Kentey region of northeastern Mongolia, which earlier was considered as not inhabited by Turks, was a blessed settlement of our ancestors in the Hunic-Blue Turks era.

Director of the National Museum of Mongolia, Doctor of historical sciences, Dagvaadorzhiin Sukhbaatar said at the press conference: "Kerulen" is a large-scale joint scientific program of the Museum and the International Turkic Academy. The reason is that at the golden cradle of great kaghans, the ancient region of Kerulen Valley of the Khentii Province, archaeological excavations have never been conducted. The ancient Turkic ritual complex belonging to the 6-8th centuries, discovered during archaeological excavations of this year, was originally unknown to science. An ancient complex of 30 square meters has been soaked in the soil for many centuries. We have studied this complex together with the International Turkic Academy and have found values that enriched the heritage of the Turkic era." The President of the International Turkic Academy Mr. Darkhan Kydyrali talked about the TWESCO’s archeological expedition held in the Kerulen Valley in an interview for the NDH portal.

According to scientists, the Khayakhudag complex is surrounded by four sand mounds, and separated from the surrounding area by a ditch of 2 meters deep and 1 meter wide. An earthenware jug with unbroken bottom and two stone human sculptures, as well as other objects were found in this ditch from the depth of 2 meters 20 cm. During the study it was discovered that there is a temple made of logs and roofed with wooden planks. An expert of the National Museum of Mongolia, archaeologist Chinbold Bayandelger shared the results of archaeological research: Ancient Turkic complex "Khayakhudag" is located in the sacred valley in the north of famous Kerulen River where great khans received a throne. In 2017, the Turkic Academy and the Museum conducted an expedition titled "From Burkhan Khaldun to Ulytau: revival of historical memory", during which our scientists visited the Dome of Jochi. And this year, we returned from the memorial complex with big results. These exhibits are precious treasure that enriches the ancient Turkic heritage.

The statue of a man the leader of the warrior has strong eyebrows, hooked nose, and a beard; a statue of Turkic woman has a nomadic headwear. Generally, woman's statue is rarely found, and that's why it is considered a rare valuable finding." Bones of horses and sacrificed animals are often found in the "Khayakhudag" complex. Researchers consider that the bones belonged to a horse bigger than a normal, which served for a long time, and took part in battles. According to Ch.Bayandelger, in ritual complexes Turks made sacrifices to Tengri and worshiped to their ancestors. Turkic monuments found in the Valley along the Kerulen river expand the heritage of Turkic history and prove that Northeast Mongolia was the home of Old Turks. The head of the TWESCO Darkhan Kydyrali emphasized that the discovery of the archaeological expedition in Mongolia became a turning point in Turkic history and valuable treasure for common history. "At the beginning of August we visited the archeological excavation site. It is obvious that the Kerulen valley and the Khentii province have a special place in the Turkic history. In the region where excavations are taking place, we have noted clear traces of Turkic era. As for the findings, they are really great discovery," said Academy’s president. According to the scholar, the Kerulen Valley can become a new page for the Turkic history.


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