Türkiye hails Gokturk-era archaeological discovery in Mongolia
The excavation, preservation and promotion of these monuments will continue to be one of the most important areas of cooperation between Turkey and Mongolia, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
Türkiye hailed the discovery of a monument complex in Mongolia believed to belong to Ilterish Kutlug Kagan, the founder of the second Gokturk Khaganate.
“The discovery of the complex on Wednesday in the Mongolian region of Nomgon, where the historic Otuken is also located, was greeted with enthusiasm and pleasure,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“This is the third significant discovery in the geography of Mongolia after the Orkhon inscriptions (Kul Tigin and Bilge Kagan) and the Bilge Tonyukuk inscriptions found in 1889 and 1897, respectively,” he added. .
He added that this recent discovery, a sign of Turkish-Mongolian cooperation, is an important turning point for Turkish history and is also a new monument added to the cultural richness of Mongolia.
The excavations were carried out “by the Turkish Academy of Nur-Sultan, one of the components of the Organization of Turkish States, in collaboration with the Mongolian Archaeological Institute,” the ministry said.
Speaking at a press conference in the Mongolian capital on Wednesday, head of the International Turkish Academy Darhan Kidirali said the monument complex measures 49 square meters and would be the oldest piece of written history from the period. Gokturk, which dates back to the 6th century.
It is also believed to be the earliest known written mention of the word “Turk”.
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In July, the remains of the summer residence of Hulagu Khan of the Ilkhanate Empire were discovered in Caldiran district of Van province in Turkey thanks to the joint work of Turkish and Mongolian historians and archaeologists .
The excavation, preservation and promotion of these monuments will continue to be one of the most important areas of cooperation between the two countries, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
“In this regard, we would like to thank the Mongolian authorities for their support in the process and all the scientists who participated in the excavations,” he noted.
It was announced on Tuesday that during the archaeological excavations carried out since 2019 in the Nomgon region of Mongolia that the complex of Kutlug Ilterish Kagan, the father of Bilge Kagan and Kul Tigin, and an inscription were discovered.
In addition to these artifacts, 51 balbals (kurgan stelae) and the remains of a building believed to be a place of worship were discovered in the excavation area.
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