Basira Mir Makhamad

Doctoral Researcher
Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Basira’s main research focus is to study the origins of woody perennial fruit crops in Central Asia. Using a combination of archaeobotanical and chemical residue analysis data, she hopes to better understand the cultivation and domestication of woody perennials in the region. In addition, this study could have a noticeable contribution to the knowledge of plant trade or exchange in Central Asia. 

Curriculum Vitae

Basira obtained her BA in Anthropology from the American University of Central Asia in 2017. She earned her Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Archaeological Materials Science (ARCHMAT) from the University of Evora in its HERCULES Laboratory for the Study and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Portugal), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), and Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). 


Mir-Makhamad, B., Mirzaakhmedov, S., Rakhmonov, H., Stark, S., Omel’chenko, A., and Spengler, R. (2021). Qarakhanids on the Edge of the Bukhara Oasis: Archaeobotany of Medieval Paykend. Econ. Bot. doi:10.1007/s12231-021-09531-6.

Motuzaite Matuzeviciute, G., Mir-Makhamad, B., and Spengler, R. N. (2021a). Interpreting Diachronic Size Variation in Prehistoric Central Asian Cereal Grains. Front. Ecol. Evol. 9. doi:10.3389/fevo.2021.633634.

Spengler, R. N., Zhou, X., Stark, S., Fuks, D., Tang, L., Mir-Makhamad, B., et al. (2021) A Journey to the West: The Ancient Dispersal of Rice out of East Asia. Rice.

Motuzaite Matuzeviciute G, Mir-Makhamad B, Tabaldiev K (2021) The first comprehensive archaeobotanical analysis of prehistoric agriculture in Kyrgyzstan. Veg Hist Archaeobot.

Motuzaite Matuzeviciute G, Hermes TR, Mir-Makhamad B, Tabaldiev K (2020) Southwest Asian cereal crops facilitated high-elevation agriculture in the central Tien Shan during the mid-third millennium BCE. PLoS ONE 15(5): e0229372.

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