In 2022, comprehensive research was carried out at the
archaeological site of Keske-Kuyuk Kala in the east of the Aral Sea area with
the financial support of the Society for the Exploration of EurAsia
(Switzerland). This monument has been studied systematically since 2008.
A team of
researchers studied the site's stratigraphy and irrigation system. To specify
the periods of various layers, more than 20 samples were taken from the
stratigraphic pit for various analyses. 7 organic samples were forwarded to a
laboratory for radiocarbon analysis, which helped date the object from the 5th
to the 8th centuries AD. The study of the irrigation system included
sampling soil and organic matter from the profiles of canals and probe pits
made on the territory of the supposed ancient fields.
A team of land
surveyors conducted research on an area of more than 820 hectares to specify
the topography of the site, early Iron Age burial grounds, medieval necropolis
and irrigation system. Detailed topographic data were obtained through
photogrammetry using several UAVs and a high-precision GPS receiver.