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Fragments of tomb stones found in North Caucasus may be enlisted among UNESCO treasures

October 07, 2014, 18:40 UTC+3 MAIKOP
Local historians and culture experts are planning to open an open-sky museum in the hope that it will herald the development of archeological tourism to the Russian republic of Adygea
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MAIKOP, October 7. /TASS/. Dolmens which are known as portal tombs, portal graves or quoits found in the North Caucasus might be enlisted as Russia's contribution to a list of UNESCO world treasures, Head of the Adygei department of the Russian Geographical Society Igor Ogai told TASS on Tuesday.

The idea came from the Adygei and Sochi departments of the Russian Geographical Society which said that the monuments of the dolmen culture deserve a status of objects of world cultural and historic importance, he said.

"The Adygei Republic is one of the important centers of megalithic culture that dates back to a period between the 4th and the 1st centuries BC. The dolmens found in the North Caucasus are unique treasures of Russian culture and the world cultural heritage. In Russia, the phenomenal architectural monuments created by our ancestors can be found in the Caucasus only — in the area of the Black Sea coast in the Krasnodar region or in the Maikop region in Adygeya," the expert said. There are more than 3,000 pieces of cultural heritage, including 2,700 archaeological treasures, on the territory of the Adygei region, he added.

“We will prepare all the necessary documentation and assess the condition of the cultural monuments. We can prevent total demolition of the architectural monuments only if we pool our efforts," the expert said.

Local historians and culture experts are planning to open an open-sky museum in the hope that it will herald the development of archeological tourism to Adygea. A museum of megalithic culture opened in the highland area of the Adygei Republic in the area of the settlement of Kamennomostsky, where ancient dolmen have been displayed, was a first step towards the development of archeological tourism, the expert said.

A list of the UNESCO world treasures contributed by Russia include the Moscow Kremlin and Red square, a historical center of St.Petersburg and its ensembles, the Solovetskiye Ostrova architectural ensemble, historical buildings in the cities of Suzdal and Vladimir, an architectural ensemble of Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius and many other places of interest in Russia.

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