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Russian archaeologists receive a record number of permits for excavations

07.10.2021 218 просмотров

In Russia, a record number of permits for archaeological excavations were issued in 2021.


Archaeologists received more than 3,000 open sheets for excavations in Russia in the first nine months of this year. This is a record figure for the country, Deputy Director of the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences Asya Engovatova said on Wednesday at the plenary session of the XX All-Russian Congress of the Organs for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Monuments, held in Sevastopol on October 5–8.

“More than 3,000 open sheets for work is an absolute record for our country. We are far from 44,000 like in Japan, up to 22,000 like in Poland, but this is not isolated, these are mass works,” Asya Engovatova said. According to her, this figure is the result of the work from the beginning of the year to October 1.

The Deputy Director of the IA RAS noted that the ratification in the Russian Federation of the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage, the provisions of which were included in the Russian legislation in the form of several documents. “[It] dramatically improved the state of heritage conservation. We had units of [archaeological] research in most regions. Now it is stable quite a lot,” she explained.

Asya Engovatova added that in all regions of the Russian Federation there are a large number of objects of historical value, their study allows scientists to obtain new important for study of the history of Russia data. “And the task of science is to find realistic ways to preserve the archaeological heritage, guaranteeing its durability and presence in the modern cultural environment,” Asya Engovatova emphasized.

As examples of such projects, she cited excavations in the territory The Moscow Kremlin, which were held according to the principle of "archaeological theater" - when tourists passing by could watch the work of scientists. One of the latest projects of the institute was an expedition to the Crimea, when during the construction of the Tavrida highway it was necessary to examine a number of monuments of different cultures and eras. Items discovered during the excavations, including dozens of gold jewelry, are on display at the Tauric Chersonese Museum-Reserve in Sevastopol.

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