The International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) is pleased to inform that another site visit was completed on April 24, 2023 in the framework of ongoing supervision of the beautification, landscaping and general improvements to three historical, cultural and natural sites in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan.
The researchers of the Institute reviewed in detail the status of work at Khoja Mashhad Madrassah, Chiluchor Chashma and the Khulbuk Fortress. Field consultations were held with the Client, as well as the engineering staff of construction companies.
Understanding the state of conservation of archeological structures and their incorporation in the design to be further presented to the visitors. As a result of archaeological field studies conducted in late 2022 - early 2023 the experts of Ahmad Donish Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan explored the remains of defensive structures, burials, as well as public and commercial buildings around the Khulbuk fortress - the citadel of the ancient rulers of Khuttal. Joint consultations to determine the best approaches to their presentation and interpretation between the Consortium of ARS Progetti and IICAS and the customer have continued.
In general, the work is carried out according to the approved schedule. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the tourism potential of the Khatlon region, involve the local community and other stakeholders, while maintaining the historical and cultural value, integrity and authenticity of the sites.