Ancient Merv, in modern-day Turkmenistan, is one of the most important cities along the Silk Roads of Central Asia. Founded around the 6th century BCE, it flourished as an administrative, trading, military & religious centre – becoming perhaps the third largest city in the world in the 10th century CE. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Since 2012, HWB volunteers have been working to improve the long-term storage of artefacts excavated in Merv.

Working on an archaeological site

Photographs from the site