24 декабря 2019 г.

On December 25, at 11:00 the reporting event of the international working group “In Search of the Sun” was held in the Central Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (Baku, Azerbaijan), where the results of the activities of 2018-19 were summed up.

Scientists of various institutes, representatives of the executive branch, municipalities, NGOs, mass media, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Education and other departments were invited to the event. The presentation of the results of the activity took place and the problems of the protection of monuments and the support of the activities “In Search of the Sun” by the authorities, state departments and other structures were discussed. The results of activity in 2018-19 are given and a list of historical and architectural monuments is presented, which according to “In Search of the Sun” must be preserved and restored in 2020–2021.

Inter alia, list of historical and architectural monuments which are to be preserved and restored, according to the research of the ‘In Search of the Sun experts’, was presented. UNESCO Chair on Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, their Specific Cultures, and Interreligious Dialogue serves as a scientific partner of this project.

- news about this and the final report on the website of the UNESCO Chair - http://unescospb.ru/reporting-event-of-the-international-working-group-in-search-of-the-sun/
The results of activities in 2018–2019 will also be presented:

1. In 2018–2019, epigraphic inscriptions, patterns, tamgas and gochdashi were studied at the cemetery of the villages of Girzan of the Tovuz district, a film was produced about this unique medieval cemetery.
2. The most famous monuments of Absheron include cave paintings and petroglyphs of the Early Bronze Age (IV millennium BC. E.) in a cave near the village of Dubendi near the shore of the Caspian Sea. According to experts, the age of cave paintings is over 6,000 years, and is perhaps one of the oldest examples of protorunic writing in the world. Specialists in Searching for the Sun, led by linguist Elshad Alili, repeatedly visited this monument and studied its inscriptions and drawings. On the initiative “In Search of the Sun”, in 2018–2019, development over this unique cave was stopped.
3. In October 2019, activists of "In Search of the Sun" achieved cleaning of the territory of the Albanian temple in the village of Dashbulag, Sheki district.
4. In December 2019, the public and activists of “In Search of the Sun” raised the issue of restoration of the estate of the descendants of the Shamshadin Sultan (1747–1801) in the village of Yukhary Oysuzlu, Tovuz district.

Following visits to the regions of Azerbaijan, a series of articles and publications in the media were published.

During 2018–2019, members and activists of “In Search of the Sun” made more than 80 trips to the regions of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Dagestan (Russia). As a result of the trips, a rich epigraphic, ethnographic material is collected, which is summed up for processing and certification by specialists of the Central Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan puts a great emphasis on the conservation and study of historical, religious and other landmarks. During millennia, the territory of historical Azerbaijan has played an important role in the life of the Caucasus, the Near East and Asia Minor, the Middle East and other regions of Eurasia. Azerbaijan has been and remains the scene of inter-civilizational cooperation between various cultures, religions, beliefs, ethnic groups and state entities. That is, throughout its history, Azerbaijan in inter-civilization relations has formed a complex of stable links and communication channels, norms and values, which allow maintaining a cultural exchange between the civilization systems. That is why the territory of Azerbaijan is interspersed with unique monuments of architecture, epigraphy and culture which, from century to century, created an original Azerbaijani culture, as a result of synthesis and interpenetration.

Still, in Azerbaijan and all over the Caucasus region there is an urgent need to include in a system all undocumented, unstudied and thus unprotected pieces of rich historical legacy. It is referred to as Christian, Muslim and other monuments and elements of cultural heritage sites that are unique to the region and the world. Concurrently, there is a need to study and promote this cultural heritage to strengthen inter-religious and inter-civilizational dialogue in the region.

It should be noted that "In Search of the Sun" was created in April 2018 on the initiative of Caucasus History Center, functions with the support of the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Research of Spiritual Traditions, their Specifics Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue, on the basis of the Central Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences. The working group consists of scholars and researchers from Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Lithuania and other countries. The working group studies solar symbols, different types of tamga and epigraphy, and the medieval architecture of the Caucasus.

“In search of the Sun” is headed by Rizvan Huseynov, a senior researcher at the Institute of Law and Human Rights of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), director of Caucasus History Center, Associate Professor of UNESCO.

Summing up, it should be noted that activity of the working group “In Search of the Sun”, during the years 2018-2019, received the serious support from the Central Library of Science, the Institute of Law and Human Rights, the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography and other institutes of ANAS, as well as the Center for Ceramics and Applied Arts “ABAD”, a number of government departments and NGOs. Separately, it should be noted that the activity “In Search of the Sun” is the unique format of interdisciplinary scientific cooperation and interaction with the civil sector, activists, media and NGOs, in studying, preservation and popularization the rich heritage of the peoples of the Caucasus, not only for Azerbaijan, but also for other countries.