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The Museum is very actively engaged in a co-operation with state and local authorities, with the Department of Preservation of Monuments, with non-governmental organisations and with scientific, cultural and educational centres in and outside of Armenia. The joint archaeological expedition of The Shirak Regional Museum, the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia and the Bretagne Archaeological Service regularly organizes excavations of archaeological monuments in the Shirak region. Since 1998, as a result of the joint efforts of the expedition of the Shirak Regional Museum and the Lyon Scientific-Research Centre of Oriental Researches, within the framework of the INTAS Project, productive excavations were held in the Shirak Region, aimed at finding stone-age monuments. Within the framework of the same project the Shirak Regional Museum has prepared twenty illustrated scientific articles in English about the new discoveries of archaeological monuments in the Shirak Region and artefacts excavated in those monuments, and has send the articles to France for publication. Recently, we published a catalogue entitled “Numismatic Treasures of Shirak" with the Paris Centre of Historic Research. The catalogue present almost 800 ancient and medieval coins discovered in the Shirak Region. Upon the initiative of the Shirak Regional Museum, the “First Scientific Congress on the Historical-Cultural Heritage of Shirak Region” was held in 1994, which since then has become traditional and is held once every two years in Gyumri. The Shirak Regional Museum has established direct ties with the Museum of Dobré in Nantes since 1990. The result of this co-operation was the reciprocal internship of the personnel of the museums, restoration of a number of unique archaeological exhibits in France, etc. As a result of this co-operation also two large exhibitions entitled “Treasures of Ancient Armenia” were held in France – in Nantes, in 1996 and in Lyon, in 1998. The scientific catalogue of these exhibitions received the state award of France and article about it were placed in the “Universalia” Encyclopaedia.

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