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The Steppe Gold Team

Core team

Professor Zainolla Samashev

Leading archaeologist in East Kazakhstan, Samashev is doctor of Historical sciences, the head of many scientific archaeological expeditions; recognized specialist...

Professor Abdesh Toleybayev

Leading archaeologist in East Kazakhstan and Professor in the Archaeology, Ethnography and Museology department of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Professor...

Professor Marcos Martinón-Torres

Marcos Martinón-Torres is the Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science at the University of Cambridge. He is a specialist in the...

Dr Rebecca Roberts

Project curator

My previous experience in archaeological project management was gained during my time working for the ERC ADaPt project in Cambridge,...

Saltanat Amir

Curatorial Assistant

Saltanat Amir, Curatorial Assistant, is a PhD student in Archaeometallurgy at Cambridge focussing on material from East Kazakhstan.


Joanna Dobson
Professor Emerita Claudia Chang, Sweet Briar College
Professor Laerke Recht
Prof Peter Stewart, Oxford University
Professor Tim Williams (International Centre for Silk Roads Archaeology & Heritage, Central Asian Archaeological Landscape (CAAL), University College London
Dr Gai Jorayev, University College London
Dr Prajakti Kalra, University of Cambridge
Dr Miljana Radivojevic, University College London

With thanks to the East Kazakhstan Region of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Regional Museum of History
and Local Studies of the Department of Culture, Archives and Documentation of East Kazakhstan.

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