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U.S. Government to Fund the Restoration of Gyz Gala in Ancient Merv

Ashgabat, November 7, 2012 – Tomorrow the United States Embassy and the Government of Turkmenistan will hold a joint ceremony to announce a $595,000 grant by the United States Government. Awarded via the U.S Department of State’s Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), the project will focus on the restoration and conservation of the Larger and Lesser Gyz Gala monuments in Ancient Merv, Mary region.

U.S. Ambassador Robert Patterson, Turkmenistan’s Minister of Culture Guncha Mammedova and Governor of Mary region Kakageldi Gurbanov, together with leaders of the restoration project, will formally announce the grant award in Merv on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11 am. The National Administration for Protection, Research and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments under the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan is the grant recipient and will oversee the restoration. 

Established by the U.S. Congress in 2001, the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants Program supports the preservation of significant cultural and historic sites that are globally significant, accessible to the public, and protected by law in the host countries. This competition year, only six project proposals worldwide were deemed worthy of funding. The selection of the Gyz Gala preservation project, the first project selected by the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants program in Turkmenistan, is a further sign of the strength of cultural relations between Turkmenistan and the United States. Over the past eleven years, the U.S. Government has supported nineteen projects under the AFCP Grants Program to preserve historically important cultural sites and objects in Turkmenistan.

For more information about this AFCP project, please visit the U.S. Embassy Information Resource Center or call 36 33 31 (1).

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