Central Asia Archaeological Landscapes Project (CAAL) Workshop: Samarkand
The Symposium on “Project on Archaeological Sites, Relics and Landscapes
in Central Asia” , jointly organized by the International Institute for
University College London (UCL) and Central Asia Studies (IICAS), a secondary
research institution under the UNESCO, was held in Samarkand,
Uzbekistan, from 19 to 24 May 2019.
The seminar invited representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Kyrgyzstan,
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and the Of fice of UNESCO,
IICC-X, as well as international experts in archaeology, documentation and
other relevant fields. Also present at the meeting were representatives of
the School of Cultural Heritage of Northwest University, China.
Supported by a five-year special fund from the ARCADIA Charitable Foundation,
the project of “Central Asian Archaeological Landscape (CAAL)”
was jointly carried out by the UCL team, in cooperation with IICAS and
Northwest University with Tim Williams, a senior professor at the UCL Institute
of Archaeology and an expert on the nomination of the Silk Roads i n
the World Heritage in ICOMOS, as the project leader. The project aimed to
establish a database of immovable ancient heritage & sites in Central Asia
based on the Arches platform and to encourage and facilitate the provision
of data resources to the platform through international cooperation in the
Central Asian region.
The purpose of the meeting was to introduce to representatives and partners
of the Central Asian region, relevant experts and institutions the basic
structure, functions and construction of the database, as well as the division
of labour and results of the pr oject team. At the same time, it orga -
nized on-site demonstration and online operation to enhance the understanding
of the use of the database, and lay a good foundation for the next
step of work.