Ashgabat hosts int'l scientific conference
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Nov. 10 / Trend H.Hasanov /
Ashgabat is hosting an international scientific conference on Turkmenistan's archaeological and ethnological sciences during the new revival on Nov. 10-11, local media reported.
The event is organized by the Turkmen Academy of Sciences. Foreign scholars are attending from 30 countries.
Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov greeted the participants, stressing that such forums "enrich new scientific ideas put forward in the context of Turkmenistan's historical development." He added that discussing archaeology and ethnography are important to ensure the preservation and restoration of extant historical and cultural monuments.
Alongside fruitful international scientific cooperation, the president noted that the unique pieces found during archaeological excavations prove conclusively that Turkmenistan domesticated animals, cultivated crops, founded early farming centers and cities. For this reason, Ancient Merv and Nisa Kunya Urgench have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the president said.
He also stressed that Turkmen historical and cultural reserves such as Nisa, Merv, Sarahs, Dekhistan, Kunya Urgench, Abivert and Geokdepe, and architectural and archaeological monuments such as Jeytun, Altyn-Depe, Namazga-depe, Amul, Margush and Gonur Depe, help scientists to discover many unknown facts about Turkmenistan's history.
Turkmenistan is situated on the Great Silk Road linking the East and West and lying on the crossroads of ancient civilizations.