Italian archeologists will bring the latest technology to the Soviet Union in exchange for access to remote areas of Soviet Asia under an accord signed Wednesday in Rome, the Italian news agency AGI reported.
The accord was signed by Valery P. Alexeyev, director of the Institute of Archeology of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, and Gherardo Gnoli, director of the Italian Institute for the Middle and Extreme Orient.
The Italians will share advanced technology, such as computer analyses of aerial photos and its application in archeological research.
Soviet archeologists will make data available and permit Italians to accompany them on missions to places such as Siberia and Turkmenia, sites where little or no work has been done, the agency said. Italians will have access to a site in the Soviet Steppes, where 4,500 tombs have been discovered that date from the 7th Century BC to AD 3rd Century.