Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography named after A. Donish, Tajikistan, RESEARCHER Bobomullo is motivated by the possibility of new discoveries. His work in an archaeological lab led to service as a regional scientific officer where he has been able to expand his love of the unknown and delve deeper into the lives of past persons. His favourite archaeological site is the medieval Buddhist monastery of Ajina Tepe in modern-day Tajikistan. Equally representative of the relationship between astronomy and poetry is Omar Khayyam, whose curiosity and intellect continue to inspire. When he… Read More


UCL, RESEARCH ASSISTANT 2020-2021 I found my way to Central Asia via the classics and the architecture and archaeology of the Hellenistic/Roman eras. During undergraduate studies in history at St. Andrews, I learned about the Minaret of Jam, a beautiful structure and one which motivated further reading and research, drawing me further east to specialise in the Persianate world, specifically, the late 12th/early 13th century Ghurid Dynasty which stretched over the regions of modern-day Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. This has led to beginning an MPhil in Islamic studies and history at Oxford… Read More


UCL, project assistant Rory is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in international relations and organisations at Leiden University. Fundamental interests in Roman military power and tactics, especially in his Scottish homeland, and representational governance has led him to delve more deeply into modern politics in the UK and the Middle East. Rory’s participation in the CAAL project links his passion for international projects and history with the technical skills and discovery in remote sensing. He is looking at the Zarafshan Valley in Tajikistan, a region at the centre of several major empires…. Read More