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

Untying the knots of Central Asian carpets

‘Because I am primarily interested in technological systems, innovation, and the evolution thereof, my fieldwork tends to focus on documenting the processes involved in pile textile production.’


Shejire DNA project, independent researcher Nurbol’s education focused on law and economics but more importantly he is inspired by the latest discoveries in the field of paleogenetic research. ‘We now have the opportunity to take a new look at the evolutionary processes of development and the stages of formation of human history. Thanks to modern technologies, we are able to verify history and show how it really happened.’ Over the past 10 years, he has been engaged in research in the fields of genetics, history, and archaeology, resulting in the documentary trilogy… Read More