UCL, project assistant Rory is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in international relations and organisations at Leiden University. Fundamental interests in Roman military power and tactics, especially in his Scottish homeland, and representational governance has led him to delve more deeply into modern politics in the UK and the Middle East. Rory’s participation in the CAAL project links his passion for international projects and history with the technical skills and discovery in remote sensing. He is looking at the Zarafshan Valley in Tajikistan, a region at the centre of several major empires…. Read More

Margarita PRIFTI

UCL, Research Assistant 2020-2021 Margarita’s love of the past and curiosity about the unknown has led her to degrees in history and archaeology as well as managing archaeological sites. Focusing in the eastern Mediterranean societies and interested in the different ways of protecting heritage and integrating local communities. This led to further explorations into the history and culture of Central Asia and the Silk Roads. She is fascinated by discovering, from above, landscapes that she had only read about in books and ancient texts from the Hellenistic period from a young age… Read More


UCL, research fellow Marco is a landscape archaeologist with a keen interest in GIS and remote sensing and the application of these technologies to the management of cultural heritage. His passion for capacity building stems from a more fundamental research curiosity about Prehistoric urbanism and the confluence of the local with the global scale of human interaction. For CAAL he works with our remote sensing teams and Central Asian partners in developing robust methodologies and uses of GIS technology in documenting archaeological heritage. His love of rock and jazz nearly transcends his… Read More