Looking forward to 2021, but first… С нетерпением жду 2021 года, но сначала…

December musings on 2020 and January 2021 event dates … a shout out to Victoria Sluka for her ambitious quilting during the pandemic. As her fieldwork has been postponed, she has found alternative ways of engaging with her textile research by challenging herself: ‘I wanted to make a quilt with blocks more complicated than squares, triangles, and right angles. Since I find the math behind Islamic geometric patterns very interesting and love the blues used in traditional tilework, this seemed like a perfect and bold design to try. This design uses 62… Read More

august listicle

LINK LISTICLE ON CENTRAL ASIA/SILK ROADS, BUDDHISM, CHINA, AND CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENt for your transition from summer to autumn Despite August being a month of holiday for many UK and European residents and many people elsewhere in the world either in various phases of lockdown or out on archaeological fieldwork (lucky dogs!), it has been busy online with webinars and tweets and oh, so many new publications. So, I’m publishing another listicle for your reading pleasure. This time I’ve limited the topics to Central Asia/Silk Roads, Buddhism, China, and climate/environment. First I wish to… Read More

Institute of History and Cultural Heritage, Kyrgyz Republic

Институт истории и культурного наследия Bakyt AMANBAEVA‘s team has been working with the Manuscript Archive of the Institute of Language and Literature of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic (the former archive of the Department of Social Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz SSR) which contains 4300 items. A significant portion of this collection are documents from archaeological expeditions (work programmes, instructions, plans, diaries, route maps, photographs and reports) dating from the 1920s to the 1950s. Simultaneously, they have been working with materials from the Department… Read More