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Mapping the Silk Roads

1 November 2013

Great Kyz Kala, Merv, Turkmenistan

Tim Williams will discuss the challenges of mapping the Silk Roads and their sites at a special event at the British Library this evening.

Tim will give a lecture entitled 'Mapping the Silk Road' as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the International Dunhuang Project (IDP).

In recent years a team of experts have conducted research into the Silk Road’s sites and routes as part of the Silk Roads World Heritage Serialand Transnational Nomination in Central Asia project. Tim who is leader of the UCL Ancient Merv Project, has been working on this project for several years.

The Institute was represented at a recent workshop on the Silk Roads Heritage Corridors Tourism Strategy, which was organised by UNESCO, UNWTO and the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, by Gai Jorayev (CAA) who presented a paper on Tim's behalf on 'The Serial Nomination Process: Lessons Learned and the Potential of Transboundary Working'.

Tim is also co-ordinator of the Institute's MA in Managing Archaeological Sites programme which aims to examine the theory and practice of archaeological site management, the reasons for selecting sites for preservation, and the methods for successful management and conservation of a site's significance.

A number of Masters students have been able to experience living in the World Heritage city of Bukhara while undertaking their internship at the Culture Unit of the UNESCO office in Tashkent. This initiative, which took place from June-August 2013  was supported by the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, University of Leuven; UCL Institute of Archaeology; Tashkent State Institute of Architecture and Construction, Board of Monuments of the Republic of Uzbekistan and local stakeholders.