Conservation activities will be performed on the Shashtepe monument, located in the Sirgeli district, south of Tashkent, the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan. According to archaeologists, this settlement dates back to IV-III centuries BC and is considered an old city of Tashkent. In some sources this place is also called “Chаchtepa”.
The city of Tashkent, also known as the “Eastern Gate”, is one of the largest historical centers in Central Asia and around the world. Located on the Great Silk Road – at the crossroads of important trade routes, the city of Tashkent has been playing a significant role in the development of science, culture and education since ancient times.
On September 4, 2019, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan received a notification about destruction of the Shashtepe archeological monument. This event was widely spread on social networks, which in turn alarmed many citizens, archaeologists and local historians.
In this regard, in February, Tashkent hosted a round table on the development of concept for preservation of the Shashtepe archeological monument and its effective use in tourism.
During the meeting, the Department of Cultural Heritage decided to develop a concept for protection and optimal use of archeological sites, in particular Shashtepe. In 2020, it is planned to conduct archeological research, complete study and conservation of the monument.