August 21, 2017
Professors Reed Coil and Gabriel McGuire joined with former SHSS professor Zachary Cofran to carry out a joint ethnographic and archaeological survey of the Altay region of eastern Kazakhstan this summer. The team spent two weeks in the mountains and valleys around the Zaisan basin, where they spoke with local villagers and searched for possible Paleolithic sites. A high point of the trip was when a local beekeeper led them to a possible cave site. The professors hope to return to the region in summer 2018. The trip was funded by the Nazarbayev University’s Institute for Advanced Research, with the Kazakh National Geographic Society also loaning camping gear.