In 2019, the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) launched the implementation of the Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL)
In 2019, the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) launched the implementation of the Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL) project initiated by the University College London (UCL) with financial support from the Arcadia Fund founded by Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.
The International Institute for Central Asian Studies cooperates with participants from four countries of the Central Asian region: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Since the launch of the project, the team members collected a substantial amount of information about the archaeological sites of their respective countries, which, as the project outcome, is expected to be uploaded to ARCHES free open database, created for cultural heritage management purposes.
However, this is not the only outcome of such an extensive effort. Thanks to digital technologies, the data on archaeological sites can be combined with other available resources, for example, aerial photographs, satellite images for different years, topographic maps and others. Such data integration opens up tremendous opportunities for researchers of various scientific fields, government agencies responsible for land use and cultural heritage management.
Colleagues from University College London presented their achievements in this field on the example of the Khatlon region of the Republic of Tajikistan.