YEREVAN—Highly valuable ancient artifacts are freely on sale at the Yerevan Vernissage — an open-air market for art and souvenirs — the director of the Erebouni Museum said Monday, calling on vendors to hand over such items to museums.
“Ceramics and bronze artifacts dating from different epochs are now on sale in the Vernissage. They are serious archaeological values; yet they are freely on sale,” Gagik Gyurjinyan told reporters at a news conference on International Museum Day.
As an important measure for preserving the historically important valuables, he firstly called for relevant legislative efforts.
Gyurjinyan further highlighted the need of elaborating the right information and historic guidelines for foreign visitors to Armenia’s museums.
The museum’s director said he expects historians to develop standardized information guidelines to be introduced to foreign guests. He said the measure is particularly important against the backdrop of Turkey and Georgia’s aggressive cultural policies.