The Republic of Kazakhstan has students who like archaeology and who participate in practicums as part of their first or second course studies as History majors in university. But as we know archaeology is not a profession that brings wealth or even fame. Therefore it is very important for all of us to train the next generation. We have worked in the Talgar region for twenty years now, hiring local high school kids to work on our digs. Now the oldest students in our village have children! While none have become professional archaeologists, many have enjoyed their work with us and have now a good appreciation for their cultural and historical heritage.
Here’s a photo of the in situ pot fragments we found today!