1996 Laureate, Cultural Heritage
United Kingdom, Born 1937
In the middle of the Kara Kum desert in the Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan lies Merv, three ancient cities full of archaeological treasures and knowledge of the past. Dr Georgina Herrmann, a 1996 Rolex Award Laureate, is one of the driving forces behind the international effort to unearth and understand the secrets of the area.
centuries during which Merv flourished
years the Mongols swept through Merv, looting and destroying the city
weeks per year when the temperature and ground conditions at Merv are appropriate for digging
number of closed-top steel furnaces excavated from Merv