In the course of the intensive working visit on September 28-October 06, 2022, of the research team of the Lincoln University Professor Mark Macklin to the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan, which took place as part of the implementation of the “Rivers of the Silk Roads: How Water Shaped Societies and Empires in Central Asia” Project (with the financial support from the Leverhumle Trust), technical details were discussed with the project participants from the International Institute for Central Asian Studies, work was carried out to extract soil samples, and field trips to archaeological sites were undertaken.
Mark Macklin and his team are working at the nexus of various sciences, combining the latest dating methods, hydromodeling and satellite probing data, the archaeological research of the ancient irrigation to scientifically reconstruct the process of changing water bodies and resources in Central Asia.
The scientific project implementation team includes Professor Peter Frankopan, Dr Katie Campbell (University of Cambridge), Dr Willem Toonen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Dr Dmitriy Voyakin (International Institute for Central Asian Studies). Archaeology researchers working on the diachronous sites in Central Asia are engaged in the research.
Further details on the Project can be found in the Leverhulme Trust periodical for the month of September 2022 at the following link: