LIU Yunxiao

ucl, research assistant Yunxiao is currently pursuing a PhD focusing on the management of under researched archaeological sites along the Oases Routes in Xinjiang. This work will contribute to the GIS mapping and analysis of sites in this region as they relate to those of Central Asia, thus creating a larger and more inclusive inventory of what is extant and how cross-border knowledge and collaboration contributes to documentation and protection of sites. Her previous work has included internships at the Dunhuang Research Academy where she examined conservation efforts against destructive disease in… Read More

MA Jian

Northwest University, Xi’an, PR China. CAAL Team Leader Before becoming director of the School of Cultural Heritage at Northwest University, Xi’an, MA Jian obtained degrees from the School of Archaeology and Museology at Peking University. He is interested in the archaeology of the Eurasian Steppes and nomadic culture and specialises in field archaeology and GIS. His key projects are the Archaeological Burials in North Piedmont of the Tianshan Mountains, Xinjiang (Regional Research Fund) and Interdisciplinary Research on Shirenzigou Archaeological Sites Cluster in Balikun, Xinjiang (National Social Science Fund).


Xuanzang, the famous Buddhist monk visited the city around 649 (Li 1997) while travelling from Badakhshan to Khotan.