Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography named after A. Donish, KYRGYZSTAN, RESEARCHER Bobomullo is motivated by the possibility of new discoveries. His work in an archaeological lab led to service as a regional scientific officer where he has been able to expand his love of the unknown and delve deeper into the lives of past persons. His favourite archaeological site is the medieval Buddhist monastery of Ajina Tepe in modern-day Tajikistan. Equally representative of the relationship between astronomy and poetry is Omar Khayyam, whose curiosity and intellect continue to inspire. When he… Read More


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


Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography named after A. Donish, LEAD RESEARCHER AND CAAL SPECIALIST Galina is an archaeologist and historiographer of archaeology of Central Asia who specialises in ancient religions. Her doctoral research focused on the Neolithic in the present-day Afghan-Tajik border region. This led to her becoming a leading scientific officer in the Department of Archaeology. She has always been inspired by the complexity of social structures and interaction between centres of religious practice and knowledge exchange across the area. In recent years she has dedicated her research to the… Read More