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Archaeological digs of Central Asia's biggest Buddha statue finish in northern Kyrgyzstan

July 11, 2014

Archaeological excavation of the Central Asia's biggest Buddha statue completed in Chui region of Kyrgyzstan, the government's press service reports. The statue will be transported to the State Historical Museum in Bishkek in the nearest time. "Our compatriot Asan Torgoyev represents Russia's Hermitage and helps Kyrgyzstan complete digs. I am convinced after transportation of the statue to Bishkek and its final restoration, the young generation of Kyrgyzstanis will begin visiting the ancient settlements of Chui region and will make their contribution into development of historical sites of the country," Vice Prime Minister Elvira Sariyeva said after visit to the archaeological sites of Chui valley Nevaket, Suyab ancient settlements on July 10, which were inscribed into the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The Vice Prime Minister thanked all those who helped with creation of local history museums at Nevaket and Suyab. The Kyrgyz-Russian archaeological expedition of 9 members is carrying out excavations in that area for several years already. The Russian side is represented by native of Kyrgyzstan, researcher of the Oriental Division of Hermitage Asan Torgoyev. The Kyrgyz side is represented by archaeologist of the History and Cultural Heritage Institute of the Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciences Valery Kolchenko. The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Doha (Qatar) under the Chair of Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, on June 22 inscribed a section of the Silk Roads network, submitted by Kyrgyzstan, China and Kazakhstan. The 33 components included in the routes network include capital cities and palace complexes of various empires and Khan kingdoms, trading settlements, Buddhist cave temples, ancient paths, posthouses, passes, beacon towers, sections of The Great Wall, fortifications, tombs and religious buildings. The components included in the routes network in Kyrgyzstan are ancient settlements Krasnaya Rechka (Nevaket), Ak-Beshim (Suyabv) and Burana (Balasagun).

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Source: AKIpress News Agency (Kyrgyz Republic)

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