Sergei KOSTOMAROV

archaeological expertise, caal technical specialist Sergei’s role as a technical specialist on the CAAL project is inspired by his quest for the unknown and an interest in archaeology stemming from his participation on the expedition to explore the medieval settlement of Kastek. As a history student at Kazakh National Pedagogical University, he is well acquainted with the Middle Ages which might explain why he is fond of the motto: Fiat iustitia, et pereat mundus ‘let justice be done, though the world perish’. While he enjoys the quiet and calm landscape of Charyn… Read More

Denis MARYKSIN

archaeological expertise, researcher Denis, unsurprisingly enjoys discovering new places and gaining insights and knowledge. This has led him to a career in archaeology. During his tenure at the West Kazakhstan Regional Center for History and Archaeology he led research at the ancient hillfort at Zhalpaktal (western Kazakhstan) and surrounds and the site has shed new light on the development of settlements of the Golden Horde. While excavations have taken place over a decade, only 20% of the site is really known. Evidence of a mosque and minaret as well as farmsteads allow… Read More

Denis SOROKIN

archaeological expertise, specialist and Caal team leader Denis is currently head of department of documentation at AE. His MA in architecture is only one indication of his penchant for solving complex problems. He applies this curiosity and logic to archaeological expeditions and documentation of archaeological landscapes including those at Otrar, Shymkent, Ablaykit, Shilikty valley. He has wide expertise in applying geodesy, GIS, GPR and 3D documentation to impact assessments; monitoring and evaluation of heritage sites. Creating virtual museums and interactive maps (Kyzyloda Oblast) allows his work to engage with the general public… Read More