Visit to Suleimantepa

Visit to Suleimantepa

Visit to Suleimantepa

30/09 2023


On September 24, 2023, participants of the 7th Salzburg International Conference on Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia (September 21-25, Samarkand, Uzbekistan) visited the archaeological site “Christian monastery of Suleimantepa”, located in Urgut, Uzbekistan.

A few days earlier, on September 18, 2023, by decision of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Suleiman Tepa was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as a component of the Silk Road: Zarafshan-Karakum Corridor Serial Transnational Nomination.

During the field seasons of 2022 and 2023, the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS), in close cooperation with the Samarkand Institute of Archeology named after. Ya. Gulyamov have been conducting comprehensive archaeological studies of the monastic necropolis, which being a unique object is the only monument of this type in Central Asia, located near the monastic complex. The necropolis was discovered two years ago during a visual inspection of the area by Dr. D. Voyakin and Dr. S. Gilbert. The research is sponsored by the Society for the Exploration of EurAsia, headed by Dr. Christoph Baumer.

A guided tour to the monastery and necropolis aroused great interest and active on-site discussions. The participants noted the high scientific value of the site under study and the need to continue its comprehensive scientific study.