From October 26 – 28, 2023, an international workshop on identification, documentation and handling of Armenian cultural heritage was organised in Tsaghkunk, Armenia. The main organiser was Prof. Jasmine Dum-Tragut, head of the Centre for Research of the Christian East and the Armenian Studies Division at the University of Salzburg. The Center for Cultural Property Protection was invited to join the workshop and bring in its expertise on heritage protection through education and training.
The three days workshop was a fantastic mixture of on-site programme and intense discussions between heritage protection experts, representatives of the Armenian government and local and regional project initiatives. The workshop was organised in three main panels of discussion, dealing with the topics of definition and approaches to cultural heritage, cultural heritage and civil society, and cultural heritage, digitization, archiving and data bases. The on-site programmes organised by the ‘Gagarin’ project in and around Tsaghkunk were a model of Armenian hospitality and highlighted the challenges cultural heritage in remote places faces in Armenia.