○Research Subject and Objectives
Our research objective is investigating interactions between human activities and environment in Central Asia since beginning of nomadism and agriculture until modern times. Our final objective is establishing guideline for harmonic progress in this reasion.
○Progress and Results in 2009
We practiced following researches around Dabusya tepa in Zeravshan valley, Uzbekistan.
1. Ethno-archaeological survey of Nomadism or mobile livestock, in flood plain of Zeravshan valley.
2. Modern-environment survey of collecting samples of water in various point of Zeravshan valley and isotope analysis of them.
3. Excavation at the moat of citadel and pollen/diatom analysis of soil samples.
4. Excavation at the citadel for collecting data of farmers and nomads.
5. Topographical analysis based on high definition digital elevation model
1. Mobile livestock have been executed extensively in flood plain of Zeravshan valley, but they are threatened by irrigation agriculture recently.
2. Not only drinking water from streams and springs but also irrigation water are contaminated by uranium and antimony.
3. We could find good stratums of fine sand and course sand in the moat. We are now analyzing the pollen and diatom from soil samples.
4. We could collect a lot of animal bones for reconstructing menu of royal families of agricultural dynasty and pastoral dynasty.
5. We created high definition digital elevation model of this area and analyzing distribution of Silk Road city sites on it.
This project was closed.