Projects

The Dzhungar Mountains Archaeology Project (DMAP) - Kazakhstan

The DMAP comprises an international group of scientists engaged in the study of Kazakhstan’s early nomadic and sedentary populations who lived from 5000 years ago onward in a region central to prehistoric and early Silk Roads contacts. Members of our team conduct archaeological survey, mapping, and excavation in the Koksu River and Bayan-Zhurek valleys of southeastern Kazakhstan, Semirech’ye. DMAP is a collaborative between The Institute of Archaeology in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Washington University in St. Louis (founded by Dr. Michael Frachetti and the late Dr. Alexei Mar’yashev in 2002). 

Technique developments in archaeometry: Interdisciplinary Research with the Making of Ancient Eurasia (MAE) Project

The Making of Ancient Eurasia (MAE) Project is an interdisciplinary consortium in which anthropologists from multiple academic institutions in the United States, and materials scientists at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) are collaborating in the investigation of early material technologies of central Eurasia, the Caucasus, and China. The project is developing new archaeometric analytical techniques, such as digital radiography (DR), and X-ray computed tomography (XCT) to apply in direct conjunction with anthropological questions. See our publications listed on my ‘bio’ page.

Trans-Eurasian Exchanges: Contemporary Dialogues and Archaeological Inquiry (TEECA)

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TEECA addresses issues of Eurasian connectivity in the past and present with a specific focus on archaeology and preservation of areas with economic and sacred significance for ancient and modern populations of Central Asia. Our fieldwork is focused in east Kazakhstan (Semey and Sari-Arka regions) to cover land-use patterns and material industry traditions of societies who inhabited places between the vast steppe and mountain corridors of eastern Eurasia from the Neolithic onward.