What we’ve been up to…

We’ve been actively developing the database thesaurus in Russian, Chinese and English (whew!) and consolidating the many complex terms, especially the time periods, some of which are still debated among scholars in different countries. While this is ongoing Marco and Gai have been visiting teams in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for GIS training so that as soon as the thesaurus is finalised people can begin looking at the area via satellite and seeing what there is to see. Gai and the team from Archaeological Expertise (Kazakhstan) have been doing ground survey with… Read More

‘Stone City’

Photographs from LIU Yunxiao’s summer 2019 trip to the archaeological site at Taxkorgan, otherwise known as Stone City, Xinjiang.

a wedding in Kashgar

UCL team member LIU Yunxiao took some time off from fieldwork to attend the wedding of some Tajik friends in Kashgar. The excitement was palpable as the groom (on the right with red and white band on his hat) awaited his bride but finally they left to begin their new life in his home. Thereafter much dancing was had by every guest…including Yunxiao…we know she is a very good dancer!