may 2022 musings

A LITERATURE FESTIVAL, two new books on herat, a database of sites in xinjiang, dunhuang forgeries conference now online and so much more – enjoy!! SILK ROAD LITERARY FESTIVAL: 17-21 sEPTEMBER 2022, TASHKENT & bUKHARA, uZBEKISTAN ‘The Silk Road Literary Festival raises the profile of literature from and about Central Asia and the Silk Road, and supports the creative and commercial development of the region’s publishing sector. In 2022 the festival will be hosted in Uzbekistan and online, with 50 events including talks, talking walks, children’s activities, and workshops.’ ‘Литературный фестиваль «Шелковый… Read More

Bryan ALVEY

UCL, heritage database manager Having started out life as an archaeologist, Bryan moved into the application of IT systems for the cultural heritage world and now has a wide experience in the development of digital inventories and reporting systems for both museums and archaeology. A long-term consultant for both English Heritage and Historic England, he has an abiding enthusiasm for the utilisation of computing in the service of documenting and protecting heritage sites, and has experience of working with ARCHES, the platform that is enabling the CAAL project to move forward in… Read More

Saltanat AMIROVA

ucl, research assistant 2020-2021 Escaping a background in finance, Saltanat was bitten by the archaeological bug while volunteering on an archaeological excavation in Mongolia. Her abiding fondness for jigsaw puzzles led her to metallurgy which ‘is like a having a conversation with ancient metallurgists and asking them how and why they used this or that ore or how they smelted copper or alloyed bronze’. The Altai mountains are where she likes best to spend her time…investigating everything from Andronovo to Scythian cultures. When she is not running EDS X-ray microanalysis she is… Read More