National Geographic : 1990 Mar
On Assignment NONSTOP ARCHAEOLOGIST, 61-year-old VIKTOR IVANOVICH SARIANIDI, who unearthed the golden trove in Afghanistan described in this issue, is now concentrating on Bronze Age mounds in the Turk men S.S.R. After 40 years of fieldwork he has established that Central Asians built cities around oases starting about 2000 B.C. and developed a flourishing civiliza tion with monumental architec ture, sophisticated gold and silver craft, and irrigation agriculture. An inflatable globe-a novelty promoting our WORLD magazine helped break the ice with Siberian officials in Chara, says photogra pher STEVE RAYMER. They helped arrange a visit to former labor camps. Eleven trips to the U.S.S.R. and a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow have given Steve insights into the super power: "I have seen some im mense changes, but the Soviet Union is still a heavily armed developing country." As director of our News Service, Steve oversees a staff that provides features for 2,000 newspapers and magazines. Staff writer MIKE EDWARDS, hoping for an autograph, carried the new English edition of Let History Judge when he first met its author, Roy Medvedev. Instead the Stalin authority seized the book like a lost child, since his own copy from the publisher had not yet arrived. The connection helped win Mike an interview weeks later in the writer's Moscow apartment. Son of a Red Army officer who died in one of Stalin's labor camps, Medvedev was a "nonperson" until critical analysis of Stalin became acceptable under Gorbachev; now the expert is a sought-after contributor to Soviet journals and a member of the new Soviet Congress. Author of 27 GEOGRAPHIC arti cles, from the Shenandoah to Shanghai, Mike covered Ukraine (May 1987) and earned an Over seas Press Club award for his report on Chernobyl. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,17THANDM STS. N.W., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX 2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.