Volunteers helped employees of the Bolgar Museum-Reserve with the processing of artifacts and digitization of museum collections for two weeks, from July 21 to August 2. Volunteers also took part in archaeological excavations and the creation of 18 interpretative videos about the key monuments of the museum-reserve, each of which was presented in English, Tatar and Russian.
“It is interesting to see that people think differently not even from different countries, but from different cities of Russia. Although this is because, more likely, all people are different, but everyone had in common - high motivation to work. This is very important. Everyone, it seems to me, wanted to work, and everyone did it with pleasure. Each mini-team had a high fighting spirit", volunteer from the Rostov-on-Don camp Daniil Malikov shared his impressions of the project.
The youth volunteer camp "Bolgar World Heritage Volunteers" is held in the region for the third time. The project is being implemented by the Bolgar Museum-Reserve in the framework of the UNESCO initiative “World Heritage Volunteers” with the support of the Russian Geographical Society, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, ANO “Goodsurfing”, and Russian Scientific Research Institute for Cultural and Natural Heritage named after D.S. Likhachyov and NKO "European Heritage Volunteers".
The UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex, is located on the banks of the Volga River to the south of the confluence of the Kama River, south of Kazan. It contains evidence of the existence of the medieval town of Bolgar, the ancient settlement of the Volga Bulgars - the people who lived there from VII to XV century. In the XIII century, the town became the first capital of the Golden Horde, and remained an important trading center in the Kazan Khanate period. Bolgar was located at the crossroads of trade routes, being the center of economic, cultural and political ties. In total, it included 424 hectares.
Юлия Сергеева, Мария Деменева