May 30, 2022: the regional scientific conference "Research and Preservation of Historic Necropoleis" was held on the premises of Taganrog College of Management and Economy on May 27-28. The event was organized within the framework of "Volunteers' Project: Bringing Historical Memory Back", funded by Presidential Grants Trust.
The organizing committee included, inter alia, the local historian and researcher Yelena Alexeenko, the rector of Taganrog College of Management and Economy Sergey Avakov and the deputy of Taganrog City Council Yelena Sirota.
Among the topics discussed were the issues of study, preservation and renewal of historic necropoleis; ritual ceremonies; the importance of cemetery in present-day society. The conference attracted not only a number of specialists, mainly historians, art historians and archaeologists, but also students and other interested citizens.
"I would like to thank the organizers for the opportunity to take part in this conference and to welcome participants from Rostov-on-Don, Azov, Krasnodar and Taganrog. The presentations referred not only to archaeological and antropological research, but also tackled the problems of contemporary perception and preservation of historic cemeteries. It goes for inclusion of cemetery spaces into urban environment, their role in preservation of history and cultural heritage, the upbringing of young people. The evidence from global practice shows that everywhere necropoleis are among popular tourist spots. Each monument represents someone's destiny, which influenced the history of this city. It is very important that tangible steps have already made in this area to increase the tourist attraction of Taganrog", highlighted Taganrog City Council President and City Executive Inna Titarenko.
Earlier, an extensive inventory at the historic Taganrog Old Cemetery of the monuments possessing historical and artistic value was completed
by Taganrog Local Government and volunteers. In November 2021 the first comprehensive illustrated guidebook to the Historic Old Cemetery
was published in Taganrog.