On July 7, the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan hosted an online meeting of Turkmen and French specialists dedicated to organizing an exhibition of museum treasures of Turkmenistan in the Louvre Museum (France). This was reported by the state news agency TDH.
Specialists of the Turkmen Department for the Protection, Study and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments, as well as museums of Ashgabat discussed with the scientists of the Department of Oriental Antiquities of the Louvre the concept of the project developed by the Turkmen side and the stages of its implementation, its name and the number of exhibits.
“The Louvre in Paris will display artifacts found during the excavations of the settlements of Ulug-Depe, a unique monument where the Turkmen-French archaeological group has been successfully working for more than 20 years,” writes TDH.
The exhibition is planned for 2024.
It is noted that more than 1,400 historical and cultural objects are currently registered in Turkmenistan, most of which are archeological monuments.
Ulug-Depe (Great Hill) is located in the foothills of the Kopetdag, 175 kilometers from Ashgabat. A Turkmen-French expedition has been operating since 2001, Alpagama reports .
The hill fort occupies 15 hectares. The height of the hill is 30 meters above the current plain. People have lived here since the Neolithic period. The time of the greatest development of the Ulug-Depe settlement falls on the early copper age (5000-4000 BC).
A large number of alabaster vases were discovered there for the first time, and a citadel was excavated, the only one in Central Asia, probably a palace residence or a religious complex, the newspaper notes.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan