The role of media in preservation of cultural heritage was discussed in Ashgabat

The role of media in preservation of cultural heritage was discussed in Ashgabat

The role of mass-media in popularisation of historical and cultural monuments of Turkmenistan was the theme of the conference which has taken place today in the Ashgabat Museum of Fine Art.

The meeting of employees of historical reserves, workers of museums, archaeologists, restorers and art critics with journalists was organised by the National Administration for Preservation, Study, and Protection of Cultural and Historical Monuments of Turkmenistan, which presented its activity in it.

In the focus was the research of sites along the Great Silk road: cities of Merv and Amul, Old Sarahs and Abiverd, fortresses of Dandanakan, Gyzgala, and the mausoleum of Mane-baba … one can hardly count it all.

But speakers remembered them literally “by name”, telling about research projects, restoration and preservation of many sights of remote past.

And on the screen flash not imagined – restored views of numerous architectural monuments. So they looked once and will shortly look.

– «Restoration comes to an end there where a hypothesis begins», – head of the National Administration Mohammed Mamedov quotes the main thought of The Venice Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites.

It means that yet all monuments will find their original shapes. The research work in archives proceeds – scientists-historians aspire to find out how the fine palaces once looked, what decorative elements decorated tombs, what colour the facing tiles of wells had. This knowledge is gathered by small details from the ancient manuscripts, worldwide of records of travellers, merchants who happened to be in these areas.

Before a full “picture” will be gained, a monument is preserved – a site is protected as much as possible from natural and weather factors and influence of plants and animals.

Experts never lose hope that these measures are for a short while. That by common efforts – in studying monuments in the territory of Turkmenistan participate not only local but also foreign archaeologists (the Russian Federation, the USA, Great Britain, France, Italy) – and by means of modern technologies descendants can see fine architectural ensembles in such forms how their ancestors saw them.

For inspiration participants of the conference were shown the artefacts which have been unearthed at places of excavations and which have filled up collections of museums of Turkmenistan. A thin carving on bones, ceramic vases decorated with patterns, indeed causes an impetuous desire to learn all about their origin and plots. Students of profile specialities – artists, restorers, archaeologists – with great feeling discussed one theory for another.

And ORIENT news service was inspired with a series of articles about historical and cultural sights of Turkmenistan with which we will soon start to acquaint our readers in the near future.