Institute of Archaeology, UCL, Ancient Merv Project

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The Ancient Merv project was established in March 2001. This project started as a five-year (2001-2005) collaboration between the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and the State Historical and Cultural Park Ancient Merv, part of the National Department for the Protection, Study and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments within the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan. In 2002 this was extended to include a five-year collaboration (2002-2006) with The State Institute of Cultural History of the Peoples of Turkmenistan, Central Asia and the East.

The Ancient Merv project is directed by Tim Williams (Institute of Archaeology, UCL) and Dr Kakamurad Kurbansakhatov (The State Institute of Cultural History of the Peoples of Turkmenistan, Central Asia and the East), with the considerable support of assistant director Dr Gabriele Puschnigg, Louise Cooke, Sjoerd van der Linde and Nikki Harriss (Institute of Archaeology, UCL), and in collaboration with Dr Mukhammed Mamedov and Dr Ruslan Muradov of the National Department for the Protection, Study and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Monuments, Ministry of Culture, and Rejeb Dzaparov, Director of the 'Ancient Merv' Archaeological Park.

The current involvement is concerned with the complex conservation and management issues posed by this remarkable site, furthering our understanding of the site through archaeological research, and disseminating the results of the work to the widest possible audience.
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