Archeological findings from Uzbekistan president in London

12-12-2013

Archeological findings from Uzbekistan president in London An exhibition “Eternal Flame: Zoroastrianism in history and imagination” dedicated to history of this religion was held at the School of Oriental and African Research of London University. Historic findings from Uzbekistan took the central place at the exposition.

The event attracted interest of students and teachers of the university, representatives of the British Library and British Museum, and other guests, Jahon news agency reported.

Professor of SOAR Sarah Stuart said that by familiarizing with an illustrated map of the ancient world, the visitors can get an idea of the shape of the region of nucleation and propagation of Zoroastrianism in the first millennium of the BC.

She said that the exhibition was aimed at telling about the role of Zoroastrianism in Iran, India and Central Asia. She underlined that main part of artifacts were found in Uzbekistan and the school was happy to have a chance to bring them to Great Britain.

One of them, with the image of ritual flame, a symbol of eternal flame, was found in Mullakurgan, near Samarkand. Another was found in Shahrisabz. The image shows scale, which weighs goods and bad deeds of people. The image of scales, as a tool of justice, is very common in Zoroastrianism.

These exhibits have great importance for the exhibition as other objects and documents, brought from Central Asia. She noted that the exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Institute of Archeology of Uzbekistan Science Academy and Museum of history of Samarkand “Afrasiab”, embassies and Foreign Ministries of Uzbekistan and Great Britain.

She said that the exhibition will help to raise knowledge of the European community with the rich history of the Central Asian states and improve scientific-academic partnership between Uzbekistan and Great Britain.

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