SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS AND THEIR PROCESS
In the territory of historical Armenia there are plenty of architectural monuments. Amazingly, some of them are still standing or only partially destroyed. It is our duty to rescue these architectural treasures at least on paper. For this purpose RAA organizes expeditions to locate these monuments, conduct measurement survey and take photographs. This is an urgent task which cannot wait. Above all, this work will also be of great political significance in the future.
The preparation of necessary travel guides, ethnographic memoirs and references, well-drawn and accurate geographical maps, including the exact locations of Armenian monuments require thousands of professional man - hours. These are especially important since Turkey has intentionally changed the original names of towns and monuments during last 80 years to create confusion and to hide the history of those monuments.
In furtherance of its goals, RAA is in constant search of finding appropriate individuals who are familiar with Armenian architecture to identify and document Armenian monuments. These people have to work under dangerous circumstances in Turkey, sometimes even risking their lives. Naturally it is not easy to find the necessary manpower ready to take the risk without even being compensated. The RAA welcomes all individuals with true dedication and commitment ready to serve this great cause.
After the completion of each expedition, the photographs are kept in archives in appropriate order along with measurement surveys of those structures.
Despite the turbulent political situation in Turkey, RAA continues its expeditions to rescue Armenian national treasures before they are leveled to the ground. Since 1975-76 our people have performed research work in Azerbaijan and Nakhijevan despite anti-Armenian sentiments in these regions. The tragic events in Sumgait proved once again that these activities are priceless in both cultural and political aspects.
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