The Great Silk Road and Transbaikalia: the Museum Interpretation of Historical and Cultural Heritage
The article outlines the research and the exhibition activity of museums of Buryatia in the context of the development of the all-Russian project of the Great Silk Road. The use of particularly valuable objects of cultural heritage, like the archaeological heritage the of the Xiongnu era, Buddhist religious objects, ethnographic collections and decorative arts of the Siberian region, has become one of the strategic focuses for the presentation of Eastern Siberia in the Russian project “The Great Silk Road”. Implementation of the exhibition project “Flight of the dragon. The steppe silk road”, created by the National Museum of the Republic of Buryatia in conjunction with the Museum of the Buryat Scientific center of SB RAS and the V.A. Obruchev Kyakhta Regional Museum, has shown that the Great Silk Road has had an enormous influence on the development of the Asian part of Russia, where the Central Asian steppe was the territory crossed by trade routes and the area of interpenetration of spiritual cultures of various tribes and ethnic communities.