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17 April 2013 Press release

Inauguration of the Exhibition "The First Nomads of High Asia" as a side event to the 191st Session of UNESCO's Executive Board

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On 12 April 2013, H.E. Mrs. Yvette Lambin-Berti, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Principality to UNESCO, officially opened the exhibition "The First Nomads of High Asia," in the presence of Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, at the Organisation's headquarters in Paris.  This exhibition showcases the findings of seven scientific campaigns by the Monaco-Mongolia mission, the result of collaboration between the Principality of Monaco (the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology, Monaco – with the valued support of Mr. Jérôme Magail, the Department of International Cooperation, and the Permanent Delegation of Monaco to UNESCO), the Republic of Mongolia and the Russian Federation.

The archaeologists uncovered thousands of decorated stelae, engravings on the rocks of Tsatsyn Ereg, the themes of which can also be found in Siberia.  Thanks to scientific cooperation with the Institute of Archaeology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Languages, Literature and History of the Republic of Khakassie, these stones tell of little-known places of power and the customs and military strategies of these powerful civilisations of the steppes, which existed more than 2,000 years before Genghis Khan.

The Principality and UNESCO's cultural section have worked particularly hard to combat the illicit trafficking of these cultural goods and educate the younger generation in the archaeological and ethnological heritage of the nomadic peoples.

The patronage of the Director-General of UNESCO bears witness to the exceptional importance of this exhibition, both because of the wealth of these discoveries and the close collaboration between scientists and States, in a desire to innovate and transmit knowledge.

Also present were Her Excellency the Ambassador of Mongolia, His Excellency the Ambassador of Russia, the Consul of Mongolia to Monaco, numerous researchers from the CNRS and representatives and Directors of the Guimet and Quai Branly Museums as well as the Ceruschi Museum.

This exhibition is open to the public from 15 to 17 April, at UNESCO House, Paris, in the Miro Rooms.

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