MP ASI official to present 'museum concept' in Georgia this week

  • Sravani Sarkar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2014 19:01 IST

To seek acceptance and support of international community for his concept of developing an entire archaeological excavation site into an open air museum, the state head of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) would make a presentation at a conference at Eurasian country of Georgia later this week.

The superintendent archaeologist of the Bhopal circle of ASI, N Taher has been invited to make the presentation at the 40th International Conference of the International Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques (ICAMT) to be held in Tbilisi in Georgia from September 22 to 24. The topic of presentation of Taher would be 'Musealisation of excavation site of Queen Ketevan in St Augustine Complex in Old Goa: Reality vis-a-vis perspective module'.

Taher is the only Indian to have been invited to make presentation at the prestigious international event.

The officer, who was posted as superintendent archaeologist of Goa circle of ASI before Bhopal, has done extensive excavation and finding work at the St Augustine Complex at Goa. The team led by Taher last year had proved beyond doubt that human relics found at the excavation site (St Augustine Complex) were that of 17th century queen-saint of Georgia Ketevan.

The archaeologist has conceptualised that the excavation sites like St Augustine Complex could be entirely converted into an open air museum. This concept is different from that of site museum, where objects found in an excavation site are displayed in a museum developed nearby.

By 'musealisation', the entire site could be turned into a museum with proper signages, interpretation centre, amphitheater for light and sound show, art and craft centre for display and live performance and other such elements. "The idea is to give people an idea of the excavation site and the findings at the very spot," Taher said while talking to HT.

He said that for example, at the St Augustine Complex site in Goa, there is a self-guided tour available where photographs help visitors in knowing about the site. However, in case all these elements are developed, the visitors would be able to experience the site as a whole and the associated history, archaeology and architecture fully.

"I am hoping that the concept would be accepted by international community and they would help in fine tuning it. Then the concept could be implemented at suitable excavations sites including that in Madhya Pradesh," Taher said.

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