Department of Archaeological Heritage is primarily engaged in conducting archaeological research on the territory of Kazakhstan and neighboring countries.
The Institute employees participate as the leaders and members of research grant projects funded by Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Education and Science. They are involved in international research projects in cooperation with the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Korea, the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
From 2015 the Institute has organized 35 archaeological expeditions on the territory of Kazakhstan, which were devoted to research of the monuments from the Stone Age until the early states.

Department of Traditional Culture conducts research in the field of study, preservation and promotion of tangible and intangible heritage of the Kazakh people.
Employees of the department are studying the musical heritage, folklore and epic heritage, arts and crafts of the Kazakh people, onomastics in different regions of Kazakhstan, etc.
Activities are being held in the form of round tables, master classes, lectures and concerts, discussions to popularize and promote Kazakh traditional musical art, which take up the work of folk composers, make acquaintance with traditional art, and there is a revival of forgotten songs and kyuis.

Department of Monitoring and Examination of Historical and Cultural Heritage works in several directions.
One of the priorities of the Department is to analyze and monitor the current state of the legal framework in Kazakhstan for protection and preservation of historical and cultural heritage. In this regard, the work is carried out on collection and processing of relevant legal documents of Kazakhstan and comparative benchmarking with similar legislation of the near and far abroad.
Another important direction of the Department are the creation of a geoinformation database, GIS mapping and 3D modeling of objects of historical and cultural heritage of Saryarka. The use of digital technology in research increases the productivity of work processes for the collection, storage and processing of information, visualize data on different thematic maps, tables, diagrams, etc. The created 3D models of objects can be applied in the study, storage, reconstruction and in the event of the destruction of the monument in the restoration.
The Department has planned regular round tables, seminars and sessions on specific aspects of protection and preservation of historical and cultural heritage of the Great Steppe, the results of which will be publication of collections of scientific papers, guidelines, brochures, etc.