Kristin Romey directs field operations for a National
Geographic–sponsored archaeological project in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan, described as the Atlantis of the Central Asian Silk Road. Kristin speaks fluent Russian, earned a graduate degree in nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University, and is a Fellow of the Explorers Club. She was one of the first westerners to survey and excavate in the former Soviet regions of the Black Sea. Her award-winning work as executive editor of Archaeology magazine covered topics ranging from the legend of the Golden Fleece in the Republic of Georgia to the legacy of Alexander the Great in present-day Uzbekistan.