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Erebuni took part in the XII International Congress dedicated to the Earthen constructions of Lyon

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On July 10-18, 2016 the Armenian delegation participated in the XII  International Congress dedicated to the Earthen constructions  of Lyon. Among the delegates  was the director of Yerevan Municipality “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve, Mr. G. Gyurjyan.

Within the framework of the visit to Lyon, 3  Armenian delegates  L. Ghazaryan, E. Harutyunyan and H. Petrosyan came up with the reports on the architecture of the earthen constructions and on its conservation  issues.

The conference hosted nearly 800 participants from the 70 countries.  For the Armenian delegation it was great pleasure to attend   the official reception organized specially for the Armenian delegation by the Lyon Municipality.

During the business meetings and private conversations  with the head of CRAterre (International Center of  Earthen Architecture), director of  “Erebuni” Historical & Archaeological Museum-Reserve, Mr. G. Gyurjyan strengthened  previously reached collaboration agreements, emphasizing that the main  building material of the Urartian fortresses of  Erebuni and Karmir blur was  mud-brick, and the materials found from that archaeological sites widely  disclosed  the possibilities of its usage, composition, color and the peculiarities of its  physicochemical and mechanical characteristics.

Director of the museum G.Gyurjyan highlighted the importance of the practical courses,   carried out by the specialist of CRAterre,  which referred to the  methods  of preparing  mud brick and to its material. The students of  NUACA and the employees of  “Erebuni” museum participated in that courses and  got certificates of qualification.

This problem becomes more urgent on the eve of  the 2800 anniversary of Erebuni-Yerevan /2018/,  for the implementation of the  extensive restoration  project.

G. Gyurjyan spoke about the successful collaboration with the French archaeologists and mentioned that the scope of  the abovementioned  cooperation can be expanded  by making researches on the mud brick with the  institutions dealing with the problems of preservation of the earthen architecture, which will significantly contribute to the conservation of earthen heritage, to the opportunities of its contemporary development.