Students help preserve cultural relics in Derbent, Dagestan

Master students of restoration worked in Derbent State Museum Reserve from 1 to 9 July.

Ancient Derbent, the oldest town in Russia, is a part of UNESCO World Heritage List. KFU students had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with invaluable findings from the digging sites of Naryn-Kala, a fortress on the top of Derbent Hill.

The group of ten students was supervised by Lecturer Lina Bogatova and Head of Postgraduate Studies of the Institute of International Relations Svetlana Burshneva.

Lina Bogatova shared, “This is the first time when we brought interns here after an invitation was extended by Director of Derbent Reserve Viktor Chesnokov. During the practice sessions, the students evaluated hundreds of storage units and created spreadsheets of preservation statuses. Fourteen objects were fully restored by them.”

Ceramics comprises the majority of Derbent collections. There are also bone, glass and metal artifacts, such as jewelry, dishes, weapons, household items, etc.

The interns specifically noted the amazing hospitality shown by hosts. The conditions for studies and rest were excellent.

 

Source text: Larisa Busil

Photos: Lina Bogatova

Translation: Yury Nurmeev

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