Preservation of Dashtadem Fortress and the Surrounding Historical Cultural Area funded by the US Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation

The Dashtadem complex is rich with historical and cultural monuments. The central monument is the Dashtadem Fortress, one of the largest medieval fortresses in the Caucasus. It has great historical architectural significance with roots tracing to the Urartian period (8th-7th c BCE). It was enlarged and enhanced during the Bagratid (8th-11th c), Persian and Ottoman periods, including the addition of the Khan Palace in the early 19th century. The fortress encloses the 7th century Saint Sargis Church (restored), 7-10th century water reservoirs, the Khan Palace, the citadel, and the surrounding fortress walls that date back to the 12th and 19th centuries. The area surrounding the fortress includes the Kagheni Historical Settlement and Christian gravestones from the 9th century.
The project undertakes the following during its 7-12 month implementation:

· Preparatory cleaning and excavation of the inner citadel and two surrounding walls area, plus cleaning of the general site from modern structures

· Excavation of artifacts, their cataloguing and preservation

· During excavation and preservation process, preliminary conservation planning of sections of the complex, the most important being the inner citadel and outer bastion

For the Dashtadem fortress preservation project, AMAP is carrying out project coordination, financial
management, quality assurance, and monitoring.