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NEWS AND EVENTS
September 17, 2012
Fruitful Cooperation of Uzbek and French Scholars
Tashkent hosts a scientific seminar at which Uzbek and French scholars have outlined the prospects of joint research work in astronomy and archeology.

Interest of French scholars in Uzbekistan and its history, as it was noted in the seminar, has deep roots and started with the study by them of the heritage of the outstanding Uzbek astronomer of the 15th century, Mirzo Ulughbek, who ahead of the epoch of great geographical discoveries created an astronomic table of movement of more than thousand stars. In 2009, in Paris with participation of celebrated scholars was marked the 615th anniversary of the great Uzbek astronomer.

“Cooperation between Uzbekistan and France got intensified after gaining independence by our country,” said Shuhrat Egamberdiev, director of the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. “Scholars from the two countries became the participants of a major international project on study of the sun. Successful participation in this project of our institute has made it acknowledged center of helioseismology – the science, studying the inner composition of starts basing on observations over their rippling.”

Collaboration of astronomers of Uzbekistan and France continues in the field of unique astrophysical objects at the Maydanak Observatory that is located high up in the mountains, 120 kilometers to the south of Samarqand.

“Astronomy intensively develops in our country, and we have all necessary cutting-edge technologies, including telescope,” noted at the seminar Professor Roger Ferlet at the Paris Institute of Astrophysics.

Research in archeology goes productive as well, noted the attendees of the seminar. A joint expedition has been created that deals with excavations on the ancient territory of Samarqand – Afrosiyob, as well as in other parts of the country. Collaborations have resulted with major discoveries. Those include fortifications and city gates of ancient Samarqand, temples of ancient times, the palace buildings of the 8th century with unique wall paintings. Besides, there was discovered the ancient settlement Koktepa with remains of temples and palaces of that time. These ruins are not without reason, are identified with the ancient capital of Sogdiana - Basilia, which is mentioned in the sources due to the campaigns of Alexander the Great.

The seminar was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Uzbekistan Francois Gautier and head of the European Union Delegation in Uzbekistan Norbert Jousten. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)


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