With the first stage of our Central Asian Archaeological Landscape (CAAL) project completed, and the second stage just starting, Secretariat of the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) were pleased to welcome Dr Gai Jorayev from UCL in office in Samarkand in late December. During the visit, Gai Jorayev and the staff of the IICAS Secretariat team reviewed the outcomes of the project’s initial phase and discussed the future trajectory for the second stage.
The CAAL project, which spans five Central Asian countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan - as well as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, has been a collaborative effort. The project team at UCL and IICAS are extremely satisfied with our partnerships with Central Asian institutions and specialists during the first stage of the CAAL project. We eagerly anticipate further collaboration in the pursuit of preserving and disseminating data related to the rich heritage of our region.
The primary objectives of the project include digitisation by partner institutions and the creation of a digital inventory of the cultural heritage of the participating countries. The first phase of the project concluded in the autumn of 2023.
We are grateful for the generous funding provided by Arcadia, a UK-based charitable fund established by Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The second stage of the project is projected to continue until 2028.