Dr. Otabek Aripdjanov

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: The Protection and Preservation of Archaeological CollectionsUzbekistan

Dr. Otabek Aripdjanov has 18 years of experience in archaeological excavations across Southern Uzbekistan, and specializes in researching worked bones, antlers, and ivories from ancient civilizations. His expertise lies in studying styles, motifs, techniques, and typologies of these objects. Notable contributions of his include developing typological classifications for Central Asian dice and bone/ivory combs and hairpins from Bactria in his PhD thesis.

Since 2006, Otabek has been an active member of the State Museum of History of Uzbekistan, participating in successful projects and international exhibitions. He has adopted best practices from scientific institutes in Japan, Germany, and Korea, implementing them in museum operations. More of his notable collaborations include the Japan Foundation's project on cultural heritage protection and co-organizing workshops with The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Under his coordination, an international archaeological expedition with the University Museum, the University of Tokyo, has been conducting research on a Stone Age site in Uzbekistan since 2013. Otabek's career is dedicated to advancing archaeological knowledge, preserving cultural heritage, and fostering international collaborations.

IVLP Impact Award Project: The Protection and Preservation of Archaeological Collections

This project aims to explore the role of museums in preserving and protecting archaeological collections. It will focus on analyzing various preservation strategies and their impact on the long-term conservation of artifacts. It will involve organizing lectures and workshops at the State Museum of History of Uzbekistan and the Reserve Museum of Ichan Kala in Khiva, Uzbekistan. The project aims to engage museum professionals, students, and staff in discussions on best practices for preserving archaeological collections, with the goal of ensuring their survival for future generations.


IVLP Exchange Experience 

Otabek was a participant in the IVLP Project Collaboration on Cultural Heritage Preservation, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

U.S. Communities Visited

Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; New York City; NY

"The IVLP experience has provided invaluable insights and opened doors for potential collaborations in the preservation of our cultural heritage." - Otabek Aripdjanov

Country: Uzbekistan

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