On September 24, 2022, following 2 weeks of intense but fruitful work, the final conference has been held in the Lecturing Hall of the “Silk Road” International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage in Samarkand, marking the closing of the 9th International Archaeological School (IAS) - a unique educational program established by the A. Kh. Khalikov Institute of Archeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Institute of International Relations, History and Oriental Studies of Kazan Federal University in 2014, being pursued and implemented, among other things, thanks to the financial support of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) as part of the Institute’s Research Activities Plan for the 2022-2023 research year.
At the conference, which was held in the hybrid on- and off-line format, the results of the work of three sections were summarized, particularly: "Geoarchaeology", "Ceramics as Mass Archaeological Material", and "Scientific and Laboratory Restoration"; talks were delivered by both the School participants themselves and by visiting archaeologists and restoration specialists. At the end of the conference, participants were awarded their individual IAS completion certificates.
This year IAS was held in Samarkand and Bukhara –
being two cities rich in their ancient history and long-standing research
traditions. We would like express our special thanks to the School co-organizers,
who provided invaluable assistance in implementing this educational initiative,
particularly to the “Silk Road” International University of Tourism and
Cultural Heritage, to the Yahyo Gulomov Samarkand Institute of Archeology, to
the Samarkand State Historical-Architectural And Art Museum-Reserve, to the Bukhara
State University, and to the Bukhara State Museum-Reserve; and our separate
acknowledgement is for the "Ark" Museum of Local Lore and History.