Katya TURCHIN

UCL, RESEARCH ASSISTANT I am just starting an MA in the archaeology and heritage of Asia, with a focus on Central Asia and am excited to study past peoples’ use of plants in food, rituals, and medicine, and the ways in which this often folkloric knowledge is shared. Having been interested in archaeology since the age of 13, I became drawn to the study of food because it is one of the most quintessential aspects of culture. The nuances of food culture reflect our social ties, customs, individual tastes, and accumulated history… Read More

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