The National Heritage Research Institute is a structural division of the Republican State Enterprise National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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Mission of the Institute
The purpose of the Institute lies in studying, preservation and promotion of historical and cultural heritage of Kazakhstan.

Objectives of the Institute: The main functions of the Institute are the development and implementation of scientific and application programs, and projects for basic and applied research of tangible and intangible heritage of the Kazakh people; solving the problems of ethno-genesis and ethnic history of the Kazakh people; organization and carrying out complex archaeological, ethnographic research in Kazakhstan and abroad; studying the traditional culture of the Kazakh people in their historical and contemporary forms of ‘live’ manifestation; monitoring and examination of historical and cultural heritage of Kazakhstan, etc.

Structure
The Institute was established in 2014 and it includes 3 research departments and 2 laboratories:
•    Department of archaeological heritage;
•    Department of traditional culture;
•    Department of monitoring and examination of historical and cultural heritage;
•    Laboratory of physical anthropology;
•    Laboratory of primary restoration and conservation of archaeological artifacts.

Personnel potential of the Institute is 23 employees, including 1 academician of NAS RK, 3 candidates of historical sciences, 1 PhD and masters.

Scientific projects:
From 2015 to 2017 the following projects were implemented by the Institute:

International projects:
1. Project “Kazakh-Korean joint research”;
2. The project "Research of stone age monuments on the territory of North and East Kazakhstan".

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Republican projects:
1.    Grant project "The Aral-Caspian region in ancient times inhabitants: migration and evolution of cultures (stone and paleometal)" (with A.Kh. Margulan Institute of Archeology);
2.    Grant project "Paleolithic of the southwestern Balkhash (ancient Stone Age)" (with A.Kh. Margulan Institute of Archeology);
3.    Grant project " Saka-savramatical cultural horizons of Kazakh steppes: study of problems of mutual cultural relations in historical diversity" (with A.Kh. Margulan Institute of Archeology);
4.    Grant project "Study of the world outlook and religious understanding of the Ustyurt and Aral seas on the basis of the temple complex data" (with A.Kh. Margulan Institute of Archeology);
5.    Project "Preparation of a report on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding, Transfer of Cultural Heritage and Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage"
6.    Project “Turgai Valley burial grounds in the early Iron Age”
7.    Joint project on protection and preservation of the historical and cultural heritage of Akmola region

Projects for 2018:
International projects:
1.    Project “Kazakh-Korean joint research”
2.    Project “Parade of golden man in world museums”
3.    Project “Time and space on the Silk Road”

Republican projects:
1.    The program-target project of the Ministry of Science Republic of Kazakhstan “Research, preservation and promotion of the Saryarka cultural heritage”
2.    East Kazakhstan oblast administration funding project “Saka and Xianbei monuments in the Kazakh Altay” (with the historical and cultural museum-reserve "Berel")
3.    Grant project project of the Ministry of Science Republic of Kazakhstan  “Ethno-cultural connection of Turks and Oghuzs with the settled tribes of the Aral Sea in the formation of urban culture in the lower streams of the Syrdarya” (with Kyzylorda State University named after Korkyt Ata)
4.    Project “Archaeological work in the city of Sortsobe” (with Kyzylorda State University named after Korkyt Ata)
5.    Project “Archeological researches in the medieval city of Kyshtala”

Cooperation and exchange of experience
Following its research directions, the institute established close partnerships with leading research institutes and museums of South Korea, Japan, Russia and Mongolia. In addition, he conducts joint research with the following organizations: LLP "Kazakh Academy of Nutrition", LLP "Institute of Geography", Eurasian National University named after L.N. Gumilev, Kyzylorda State University named after Korkyt Ata, Government institution "Center for Protection and Use of Historical and Cultural Heritage" of the Culture Department of Akmola region, etc. Employees of the Institute underwent further training and skills at the National Institute of Cultural Heritage of South Korea in the field of ancient art, archeology, anthropology and geoinformation systems in Germany.