Russian archaeologist Victor Ivanovich Sarianidi was born in 1929 in Tashkent, where he gratuated from the Central University. As a graduate student he was already taking part in archaeological expeditions on the territories of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. In 1959 he joined the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. From 1969 to 1979 he participated in archaeological excavations in Northern Afghanistan. There he found monuments of the Bronze age for the first time. From 1978 he was a head of expedition, excavating the royal necropolis Tillya Tepe of the early Kushan period. More than 20.000 golden objects were found there.
Since 1972 and up till now he is excavating Margiana (Turkmenistan). There he found a previously unknown civilisation of the late Bronze Age. During the latest years his expedition’s works are concentrated on urban necropolis Gonur.
Victor Sarianidi is a Doctor of Historical Sciences of the Institute of Archaeology in Moscow and a honorary member of the Greek Anthropological Society. He is the author of more than 20 books and 200 articles published both in Russia and abroad.