Saturday, October 31, 2015

Statement in regards to New York Times

To all interested as the reporter who broke the Kazakhstan geoglyph story one year ago I have a statement to make.

Much of the story reported by @ralphblu in @nytimes about the Kazakhstan geoglyphs is false. I've been in touch with archaeologists doing the work. They've discredited much of the story published by @ralphblu in @nytimes.  I've contacted @ralphblu and @nytimes about this and will be writing a follow-up article on the (real) research taking place next week.

One year ago the archaeologists generously took the time to talk to me about their initial results and share some of their findings. I'm saddened that @ralphblu and @nytimes have treated those same archaeologists so shabbily.

The names of the actual archaeologists are Irina Shevnina, Andrew Logvin and Giedrė Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė. Most of the people that @ralphblu and @nytimes reported on are not archaeologists and are not doing the research. I'm linking below to the story I published on the glyphs one year ago. I'm also copying the abstract of the paper presented in Istanbul last year.

(EAA 2014) Steppe Geoglyphs Mark the Ancient Routes of Human Migration Across Central Asia: Introduction to the Research
Andrey Logvin (National University of Kostanay, Kostanay), Irina Shevnina (National University of Kostanay,
Kostanay), Giedrė Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė (Vilnius University/Institute of History of Lithuania, Vilnius), Abai Seitov (National University of Kostanay, Kostanay)
Geoglyphs in the Torgai region of Northern Kazakhstan were serendipitously found while analysing satellite images from Google Earth. In a past few years over 20 such geoglyphs have been identified in the Torgai region. These unique objects
have not been known in the territory of Kazakhstan before, nor in the neighbouring countries.
The diameter of those geoglyphs ranges from 90m to 400m. According to the construction type, they could be grouped into two groups: the first type
of geoglyphs are constructed from the earth mounds which form lines, rings, crosses, squares and squares with crosses. The second group of geoglyphs is constructed from earth trenches and ramparts.
In the past year, the archaeological expedition from the Kostanay University in collaboration with Vilnius University began the investigation of the Torgai geoglyphs. The applied research methodology involved archaeological excavations, GPR work, radiocarbon and OSL dating as well as aerial photography. In this talk we are going to present the recent research results that allowed us to take a closer look at the timing, function and reasoning behind these unique and mysterious constructions.

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