Exhibit on Kazakhstan opens at Sackler

August 15, 2012 by  

On Saturday, August 11, an exhibit about the culture and ancient history of Kazakhstan, entitled ‘Nomads and Networks’, opened in Washington, D.C. at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. The Museum is probably using flyer printing and poster printing to make local residents and tourists aware of this exhibit so that they will attend it during the late summer and early fall.

The title of the exhibit comes from the nomadic tribes that were formidable mercenaries in antiquity and tamed horses in the steppe grasslands that make up about one third of Kazakhstan. It is a country that is west of China and Mongolia, south of Russia, and about four times the size of the state of Texas, making it the world’s biggest landlocked country.

The main focus of the exhibit is on the Iron Age of Kazakhstan, which lasted from 800 – 300 B.C.E. and on the culture of the nomads that dominated the steppes during that time. According to Alexander Nagel, an archeologist and assistant curator for the Museum, the many kurgans or burial mounds that exist throughout Kazakhstan are now being uncovered by archeologists and provide a great deal of information about life as it was thousands of years ago.

From the kurgans, archeologists have learned that in the fourth century B.C.E. horses were very important to the culture of nomads. They used them for their milk and their bones for houses and for sacrifices.

In addition to the exhibit that originated from New York, the Sackler has included some extra pieces, such as landscape photographs, so that the people of Kazakhstan can share what they know about its history with other people.

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