Hangout With an Archaeologist in the Field

Six hundred years ago the fabled conqueror Tamerlane is said to have built a fabulous palace on the shores of Issyk Kul, a lake in Kyrgyzstan.

Now National Geographic Archaeologist Fred Hiebert and team are using traditional and cutting-edge techniques above and below water to examine what could be the building’s last remains, and you can join them in the field through a Google+ Hangout Tuesday, September 25th at 9:00pm ET.

To tune in and to be a part of the conversation, follow National Geographic on Google+. Post your questions for Fred and the others there or in the comments of this post, and you may even be invited to participate live on-screen during the Hangout.

In the meantime, follow the expedition through the Issyk Kul 2012 posts on this blog as the team searches along the shores, under the waves, and above the trees for signs of this lost landmark.


Learn More

Issyk Kul 2012 Blog Posts

NG Explorer Fred Hiebert Bio

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Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.