Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and, generally Russia – from the Baltic Sea, passing through the Siberian Plateau on to the Pacific Ocean – have quite a few ancient sites as well as some very unusual expanses’ that multi-disciplinary teams from Russia and concerned parties from Russian Universities are working through. They’re also busy constructing new, never before enacted, conservation policies to protect authenticity issues with sites. They want to reduce as well as prevent potential adverse impacts where dating, history, and other archæological and geological items of discovery remain by establishing conservation guidelines.
As most folks know, Russia and the others mentioned, have many time zones and a great deal of property to manage. That some of those sites are listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a good thing, but there is much more of Educational, Scientific, and Cultural significance that go well beyond geo-political boundaries.
I’ve seen some of their initial photos – Awesome – almost unbelievable, and those sites have been there a very long time. I don’t have photo access or reproduction permission to replicate anything, but was privileged to see a small amount of initial data several team members demonstrated. I suspect there will be further op-eds soon enough in some of the mainstream magazines once they [mainstream] get over the shock of some of the findings and their implications.
The “Silk Road,” in general, has a great many interesting sites and associated histories, too. Some of the geology is also eye-opening. . . Thanks for the photos and links Thanos5150