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She appeared on the pylons of the gates of the estate of P.P. Ignatieva – N.A. Belkin, where Alexander Veksler worked.

A solemn opening of a memorial plaque to the first chief archaeologist of the capital, Alexander Veksler, took place in Moscow. It was installed on the pylons of the gates of the estate of P.P. Ignatieva – N.A. Belkin, located at the address: Lyusinovskaya street, building 8, building 1. The event was timed to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the birth of the archaeologist.

The ceremony was attended by the head of the Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage Alexei Emelyanov, the chief archaeologist of Moscow Leonid Kondrashev, President of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences and the Moscow Architectural Institute Alexander Kudryavtsev, Head of the Department of Archeology of Moscow Russia of the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences Leonid Belyaev, Director of the Museum of Moscow Anna Trapkova , as well as colleagues, students and relatives of Alexander Veksler, journalists and other guests.

“Alexander Grigorievich is not just a world-renowned scientist, not just the first chief archaeologist of our beloved city, the person who created the Center for Archaeological Research and made a huge contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage, but above all a real teacher. A huge number of people, after communicating with Alexander Grigorievich, came to archeology, restoration, museum business and continue to work for the benefit of preserving the cultural heritage of Moscow, “commented the head

Moscow City Heritage Alexey Emelyanov.

He added that now the memory of Alexander Veksler has been immortalized on the building of the Center for Archaeological Research on Lyusinovskaya Street – one of the main brainchildren of his life, scientific activity and work.

The memorial plaque was created on the initiative of Alexander Veksler’s colleagues and students by sculptor Andrey Nalich. They wanted the chalkboard to display as much information as possible about Veksler’s favorite finds, which he so fondly shared with both students and professors. Thanks to his works, the invisible, underground history of the city with wooden bridges, buildings, fortifications came to life. Each find carried encrypted information. That is why the memorial plaque depicts a plan of Moscow, as well as a dragon with a book clasp found during archaeological work at Gostiny Dvor, and a lion from a 16th century red stove tile.

Alexander G. Veksler – the first chief archaeologist of the city of Moscow. He was born on September 25, 1931. In 1954 he graduated from the history department of Kiev University with a degree in Archeology. In 1957-1988 he worked as a researcher, then as head of the archeology department of the Museum of History and Reconstruction of Moscow and at the same time headed the Club of Young Archaeologists, having introduced more than a thousand students to science. In 1988, he headed the Center for Archaeological Research (CAI) organized by him.

From 1998 to 2009, he was the chief archaeologist of Moscow, supervised large-scale archaeological research that took place on Manezhnaya Square, in Stary Gostiny Dvor, the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve, the Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and Lefortovo. Thanks to the work of the scientist, the earliest image of the patron saint of Moscow, George the Victorious, was found, a fragment of the unique wall of the White City, the wall of Kitai-Gorod.

Alexander Veksler played an outstanding role in the development of an important scientific direction for urban planning in Russia – rescue archeology. Having devoted his life to studying the historical and cultural heritage of the capital, he established in which areas the cultural layer contains material carriers of the memory of the past centuries. He initiated the creation of the Museum of Archeology of Moscow and the Archaeological Museum “Old Gostiny Dvor”.

Thanks to Veksler’s activities, more than a thousand monuments were recorded on the territory of Moscow, of which 15 monuments were museumified. Alexander Veksler is the author of 25 scientific monographs, popular science books and more than 350 publications in the field of archeology, architecture, history, numismatics, museology, sphragistics.

On August 5, 2016, he passed away. For five years in a row, a scientific and practical seminar named after Veksler has been held in Moscow in memory of him, which has become a professional platform for discussing issues of preserving the archaeological heritage.



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