The Archives of Central Asia

The Archives of Central Asia

The Archives of Central Asia

25/08 2021

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In 2019, the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) launched an online database of unpublished archaeological documents. A significant amount of archaeological research in Uzbekistan is being carried out in the west of the country - on the territory of ancient Khorezm. The corresponding archaeological data is stored in the archives of the Karakalpak Scientific Research Institute of Humanities of the Karakalpak Branch of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan (KNIIGN).

The database of the Archives of Central Asia website has been replenished with information about the contents of this priceless archive. It gives an idea of ​​the work of the famous Khorezm archaeological and ethnographic expedition, and later, and of individual archaeologists of Karakalpakstan after the expedition was discontinued. Reports from the middle and the end of the 20th century reveal the history of excavations and efforts made by archaeologists to preserve hundreds of monuments, some of which, unfortunately, can no longer be found on the contemporary maps. By the way, the preserved monuments of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm have been given close attention by the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan in view of their prospective inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

These are the initial materials that shaped the basis for world-famous publications on excavations at Mizdakhan, Ayaz-kala, Toprak-kala, Khorezm and Shavat, Khumbuz-tepe, Aybuir-kala, Koy-Krylgan-kala, Ustyurt, as well as many other thousand-year old sites.

Apart from the data on the sites, the files reveal the history of selfless archaeologists who work with enthusiasm and uncompromising attitude in the most difficult conditions, and who have passed on the rich fruits of their hard work to archaeological science.

The KNIIGN data on the archive is just another step towards the creation of a large-scale database of unpublished scientific materials from the Central Asian region - a convenient and simple tool for researchers, a platform for scientists and academic institutions.

(Copies of documents are published with the permission of KNIIGN and are protected by copyright)

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