Awareness-Raising Session for Local Officials and Communities on the Importance of Cultural Heritage Protection and Preservation
The Awareness-Raising Session for Local Officials and Communities on the Importance of Cultural Heritage Protection and Preservation aims at sensitizing local authorities and communities on the importance of the archaeological heritage of Shoroon Bumbagar and heritage in general for economic, social, cultural and environmental development.
The UNESCO/Monaco Funds-in-Trust Project “Capacity-Building and Awareness-Raising for the Preservation, Conservation, Visibility and Sustainable Management of the Archeological Site of Shoroon Bumbagar of Mount Maikhan” was launched in 2014 after the Shoroon Bumbagar tomb was discovered in 2011. As this was the first painted tomb to be discovered in Mongolia, local authorities requested assistance from UNESCO for the preservation of the site which required professional expertise in the field of mural paintings conservation and restoration as well as preservation of underground archaeological heritage.
The Shoroon Bumbagar tomb conservation exercise was taken as a pilot capacity-building activity with the aim to replicate lessons learnt in other archaeological sites – aware of the fact that the tomb itself is part of a necropolis that has the potential to uncover many other painted tombs with similar characteristics.
By organizing an Awareness Raising Session, UNESCO wishes to induce greater engagement both from Mongolian authorities and the local communities in the recognition and preservation of Mongolian historical and cultural heritage.