03.03.2014 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

Cultural Heritage Protection in Uzbekistan: Training on Architectural Heritage Recording

© UNESCO,Cultural Heritage Protection in Uzbekistan: Training on Architectural Heritage Recording

Historic Centre of Bukhara and Chor-Bakr, February 10-12, 2014, and Navoi Region, February 13-19, 2014

Understanding is the first step to protect and well manage our cultural heritage. Uzbekistan has a large number of cultural heritage in need of proper documentation, recording and assessment. Well prepared information will allow site managers and local authorities to take better and informed decisions.

During three days, the training on Architectural Heritage Recording offered a unique opportunity to 20 professionals of heritage institutions in Uzbekistan to learn new approaches, best practices, and research results in the area of heritage information combining hand measurement and digital technology. The training was held in the Historic Centre of Bukhara, World Heritage property since 1993 and the field work on condition assessment was carried out in the religious complex of Chor-Bakr, component part of the Silk Roads Penjikent-Samarkand-Poykent Corridor, serial transnational nomination in Central Asia.

As a follow-up to the training, a multidisciplinary group of specialists applies the knowledge acquired during the training in the Navoi region. During seven days, the condition assessment of Mir Sayid Bakhrom Mausoleum was conducted with the use of photography and metric survey as well as a reconnaissance documentation of Raboti Malik Carvanserai, both also representative sites of the Silk Roads. The final results were digitized and information was standardized as an update of the monument inventory system of Uzbekistan. The group also visited the Museum of Navoi and other heritage sites of the region: Qosim Shaikh Complex, Sarmishsay Petroglyphs, Nurota and Orif Degaroni mausoleum.

The training and field work showed the commitment of young professionals in the preservation of cultural heritage in Uzbekistan and the need for further practical trainings and capacity-building in this field.

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