On the 12.05.2022 the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) warmly hosted Dr. Shinya Shoda, Head of the International Cooperation Section of Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. The aim of Dr. Shoda’s visit to Samarkand was to make arrangements for the MEROS: Mutual Engagement in aRchaeOlogical heritage and Science intensive capacity-building program financed by the Agency for Cultural Heritage, Government of Japan and to be held in the coming months in the mixed format (both in-person and online). The training will be dedicated to knowledge transferring of the innovative laboratory methods of the analysis of archaeological artifacts.
During the 1-week intensive field trip in the framework of the preparatory phase Dr. Shoda and Dr. Voyakin managed to hold several kick-off meetings at IICAS and Samarkand Institute of Archaeology of the Republic of Uzbekistan as well as to undertook field trips. The meetings were aimed to identify the current state of local facilities, working environment, and storage of cultural property, as well as exchange views with participating experts.
The first stage of the capacity-building program is expected to be split into practical on-site and online sessions to be held in the years 2022-2023.
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