Kristin Romey

Note: For more about the Issyk Kul Expedition, read earlier posts in this series. After our tour around Issyk Kul, our international team was looking at the final stretch of survey before the end of the season. Almost any archaeologist will tell you that some of the most interesting stuff gets found right about the...

Diving, measuring, plotting: we’ve been at Issyk Kul for more than a month and it’s time to get out of camp! You’ll never understand a phenomenon like this magnificent high-altitude lake on the Silk Road by staying in just one place for the whole time, so we packed our bags and headed out on a...

It’s been a busy week at the Issyk Kul project, and it’s time to share with you an update on what we’re up to! One of our biggest tasks this season is to get a handle on how big of a site we’re dealing with, which will help us in identifying this “building” or “buildings”—if...

In our last post we introduced you to the fascinating legend of Tamerlane’s palace on the northern shore of Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan, and why we believe that remains of the structure may indeed exist under the waters of this beautiful, high-altitude lake that has been a critical point on the Silk Road for millennia....

After a year of careful planning, our National Geographic team is now set up at a base camp on the northern shore of Issyk Kul, one of the world’s highest and deepest lakes, in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan. So why are we here? Issyk Kul, which means “hot lake” in Kyrgyz, was a...