Tashbulak dig site

Clues from a lost city

Washington University anthropologist Michael Frachetti is leading groundbreaking research on an ancient city in Uzbekistan. Lost and abandoned for a thousand years, the medieval city of Tashbulak lies buried beneath an isolated pasture high in the mountains. Before being discovered by Frachetti and his Uzbek co-investigator, Farhod Maksudov, in 2011, the well-preserved site was unknown […]

Illustration of hills in Asia as silk roads

A new theory on the origins of the Silk Road

The Silk Road has long held intrigue for modern historians and archaeologists who wish to understand the origins of the world’s most complex ancient overland trade system. New research from Washington University suggests that long before the vast east-west trade routes were traversed by Marco Polo, their foundations were being carved by nomads moving herds […]