The “Russian Zasechnaya Line: Monitoring, Study, Popularization” Scientific and Educational Project

The “Russian Zasechnaya Line: Monitoring, Study, Popularization” scientific and educational project is being implemented by the History of the Fatherland Foundation in cooperation with the Russian Historical Society and its regional branches.

The goal of the project is to collect information about the current condition and tourist potential of Zasechnaya Line sites and historically associated monuments.

The project is being implemented by the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Kazan Federal University over the period of 2020-21 in the territory of 17 regions of Russia from Kaluga Oblast in the west to the Republic of Bashkortostan in the east.

In May 2021, project operators will conduct an expedition to the territory of 10 constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Members of the expedition inspect fortifications structures, carry out photographic recording of their condition, and perform aerial photography in order to create three-dimensional models of the monuments using the photogrammetric processing method in open areas, and air laser scanning in forested areas. Regional specialists in the history of Zasechnaya Lines and scientific and educational centers are involved in the implementation of the project. From three to five historical and archaeological sites are considered in the territory of each region of project implementation.

Based on expedition results, an Atlas of Zasechnaya Lines of European Russia will be compiled, which will be the first single edition to summarize the current data on the condition of cultural heritage sites associated with the period of Zasechnaya Lines and their investigation degree in these Russian entities.