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Shamkir: Archaeological Heritage, History and Architecture.
First republican academic and practical conference

28-29 November 2007, Shamkir


 

 
 

The first republican academic and practical conference Shamkir: Archaeological Heritage, History and Architecture was held in the town of Shamkir on 28-29 November 2007. The conference was a joint project of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Azerbaijan Republic, the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, the Azerbaijan State University of Architecture and Construction and the Regional Development Association public organization. Sixty scholars from 14 academic institutions and representatives of three universities took part in the conference. Forty-seven papers were given. The opening was addressed by Vuqar Huseynov, an official at the presidential administration of the Azerbaijan Republic; Nazim Veysov, head of the executive authorities of Shamkir District; Dr Maisa Rahimova, director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences; and Seymur Quliyev, chairman of the Regional Development Association. They welcomed the conference delegates and hoped that the event would be successful.

The first day of the conference was devoted to the archaeological heritage and history of the study of Shamkir’s archaeological sites. Twenty-five papers were given at two sessions. One set of papers covered the results of archaeological excavations of the settlement of Qarajamirli in 2006-07 and of the ruins of the medieval town of Shamkir and included analysis of the finds. The second group of papers covered the results of earlier excavations carried out in Shamkir District. The third group of papers reviewed the history of research into Shamkir District’s archaeological sites and a report was given on progress in compiling a complete collection of archaeological sites. A trip to the site of the medieval town of Shamkir was organized on the first day of the conference.
Papers on research into the architecture, history and ethnography of Shamkir were given at the third and fourth sessions on the second day of the conference. The architecture and architectural sites of Shamkir District were the main topic of discussion at the third session. Proposals were made on the protection and conservation of the sites. Teachers and students from the Azerbaijan State University of Architecture and Construction presented projects to restore streets, squares and houses in Shamkir and talked about the typical features of the town’s architecture.

 

The papers at the fourth session covered the history, ethnography and epigraphic monuments of Shamkir. The papers on the history of Shamkir discussed the formation of the town and how it became a centre of crafts and trade, its role in the history of Azerbaijan, the Mongol occupations and the subsequent fate of the town and the demographic situation in Shamkir Region in the 18th century. The papers on the ethnography of Shamkir District discussed Shamkir carpets, the clothes and jewellery of the people of Shamkir and the ethnography of the German colonists who lived in Annenfeld in the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries.
The atmosphere of the conference was businesslike and creative.
The closing session took a decision to hold an international conference in Shamkir the following year.