Tim WILLIAMS, Principal Investigator

UCL, associate professor in silk roads archaeology and CAAL Principal investigator Tim has a background in urban archaeology, approaches to complex stratigraphy, and archaeological site management. He worked for the Department of Urban Archaeology (Museum of London), between 1981-1991, and then was Head of Archaeology Commissions at English Heritage, before joining the UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2002. He has undertaken long running projects in Beirut (Lebanon) & Merv (Turkmenistan). In addition to his role with CAAL, Tim is also Director of the International Centre for Silk Roads Archaeology & Heritage and… Read More


Institute of History and Cultural Heritage, KYRGYZSTAN, HEAD OF DEPARTMENT AND CAAL TEAM LEADER Bakyt, a descendent of nomads, is primarily attracted to the constant movement and search for the unknown inherent in the archaeology discipline. Following completion of a graduate degree from the Leningrad Department of the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (now the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences) she worked her way up from a lab technician to her current position as lead researcher, being awarded… Read More

LI Erwu

ICOMOS International Conservation Center, Xi’an, China Erwu Li (Woods) is director of secretariat of the ICOMOS International Conservation Centre – Xi’an. He is dual post-graduated from Northwest University, Xi’an and SOAS, University of London with degrees in archaeology and museology/archaeology and art. Woods has been serving the conservation, protection and international coordination of Silk Roads cultural heritage for 14 years. He enjoys being an amateur piano and rhythm guitar player in a dismissed local pop band. More importantly, he used to be a student of, and is now, a good friend of… Read More