Volunteers in Abkhazia clean up ancient Tsebelda fortress complex
Volunteer clean-ups have long been a tradition in Abkhazia. In the past, most volunteers focused on the coastline and tourist areas, and have now set their sights on cleaning up historical monuments.
Tsebelda is one of the most important regions of the republic. According to some accounts, this region was significant because products from Greece passed through it to the Caucasus.
Thirty volunteers spent two days cleaning up trash from the area. One such volunteer was Alkhas Jinjolia.
“The fortress complex is enormous, spanning several hectares. Around it is a forest that grew rampant after the war. Because of the forest, you can’t really see anything. The forest covered all the archaeological excavation sites which were at one point worked on by well-known archaeologist Yuri Voronov. We spent two days in Tsebelda and got quite a bit done – the area has been cleared,” Jinjolia told JAMnews.
The clean-up was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Protection of Cultural Heritage. Participants of the clean-up put the plan together themselves, and will be finished on the fortress complex by 30 September.