One of our local savants, Alex Gabov, Adjunct Professor at Queen’s, will be part of the team documenting and restoring one of the earliest ritual sites in the world, the “deer stones” in central Mongolia. The bronze age carvings were made by nomads between 3000 and 700 BC. The stones have been badly damaged by weather, time and vandalism.
The Mongolian government plans to save and restore them.
Alex has considerable expertise about stone monuments, but he has always made himself available to colleagues in the Kingston area to consult on a wide range of conservation challenges from cracking leather to rising damp. His passion for defending Canadian material culture is legendary in our community.
Needless to say, we are all no-end pleased to hear that Alex has landed the trip of a lifetime and the chance to be part of a really distinguished international team.
For more about the trip, see “Monumental Effort”, Kingston Whig-Standard, July 27, 2009.