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Saint Petersburg set to dig out the truth2010-08-07 01:27
Archeology students from Saint-Petersburg would be very surprised to learn how terrifying they are to some "Georgian experts". They are tasked to simply brush up already open and undug settlements of late bronze period and Middle Ages, as Temur Bzhania, head of the republican administration for monument protection said. Georgia views this fact in a biased way hinting that the young people from the favorite city of Russian leaders are set to "falsify history".
Lately, it is heard still more often that history is not a science at all. The best advocates of this opinion are Gleb Nosovsky and Anatoly Fomenko, an academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences in their "New Chronology". But even they agree that archeological findings can tell a lot about the past if dated and interpreted correctly.
So the excavations in Abkhazia must not cause any indignation. Any findings are described and
studied by scholars to become an asset of the international scientific community.
However, hardly had the news on students from Saint Petersburg coming to Ochamchir district of Abkhazia to find traces of Greek colonization, Roman settlements, Byzantine and Genoa traders appeared, when the Georgian side launched "a note of protest".
Tbilisi's surprise is understood given that the Russian students have not been "digging" in Abkhaz antiquities for forty years. Now what the United Students' Council of Saint Petersburg State University, Russian EMERCOM and Russian Geographical society organize is not only an expedition - there is an idea to deploy a base for students' practical activities. The administration for monument protection of Abkhazia is greeting the group of students.
According to the Georgian version Russia is trying to destroy Georgia's historical monuments in Abkhazia with the hands of the students. "History is being falsified", - Gocha Gavaramia, a Georgian "expert" is quoted on Rosbalt. He thinks that the Abkhaz are deliberately getting rid of evidence of Georgian culture in the breakaway state.
I will immediately add: I have already heard claims referring to the destruction of Ossetian "traces" in Georgia from competent interlocutors in North Ossetia. They mentioned facts when tombstones were destroyed, documents exterminated and chronicles rewritten. What we have now is either hostility at the level of historians or - which is more probable - Gvaramia judges the work of the scholars in other republics by "falsifications" he witnessed in Tbilisi.