Urban Expansion and Kurgan Loss in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Victoria sluka takes us through her research on the visible loss of archaeology due to urban expansion in Almaty Situated in the south-east corner of Kazakhstan near the Tian Shan mountains and the border with Kyrgyzstan, Almaty is the country’s largest city. The metropolitan area has a population of 2 million (Bureau of National Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan 2021) and sees extensive construction and housing development every year. As the city expands, particularly into the fertile lowlands to the north and west, cultural heritage is destroyed with surprising inconsistency. Using… Read More

Lebap, Turkmenistan: mapping threats to heritage sites

Luca Rapisarda creates an overall risk assessment map – a visual summary of the impact of threats analysed depicting the areas and threats impacting the archaeological sites.

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