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Kristin Romey

Kristin Romey serves as a consultant for the National Geographic Society, and is the Director of Field Operations for the Issyk Kul 2012 Expedition. She has worked on underwater archaeological expeditions since 1997, and was one of the first Westerners to conduct underwater research in the Black Sea. Since then, she has participated in surveys and excavations ranging from Byzantine shipwrecks to sacred Maya cenotes. Romey is also the former executive editor of Archaeology magazine, and is currently a contributing editor to the Explorers Journal. She was named a fellow of the Explorers Club in 2005.

Issyk Kul: The 2012 Expedition Wraps Up

With just a few days to go we found some of the most significant building features we saw all season.

Issykl Kul: Time to Get Out of Camp

To get a better sense of the context of their archaeological site, the team explores scenic mountains and other ancient ruins around the 10th largest lake in the world.

Issyk Kul: How We Get Things Done

Discover the high- and low-tech methods archaeologists are using to discover the secrets of this fabled lake shore.

2012 Issyk Kul Expedition: Meet the Team

Searching for evidence of legendary palaces isn’t a project you undertake with just anyone. Get to know the archaeologists, technicians, and others making this year’s expedition possible.

2012 Issyk Kul Expedition: Search for a Sunken Palace

Six hundred years ago the fabled Western Mongol leader Tamerlane is said to have built a fabulous palace on the shores of a lake in Kyrgyzstan. Follow along as National Geographic Archaeologist Fred Hiebert and team examine what could be its last remains.