A film about an expedition of archaeologists from scientific centers in Moscow, Leningrad, Uzbekistan under the leadership of a member of the Soviet UNESCO Committee B.Ya. Stavissky in Kara-Tepe, a cave Buddhist monastery in Old Termez (Uzbekistan) of the first centuries AD, a cult center of the Kushan civilization (late no. 1-3 centuries A.D.). The film includes interviews with archaeological scientists G.A. Pugachevskaya, U. Girard (France), linguist V.A. Livshits (synchronously and behind the scenes). Uzbekistan. Amu-Darya river. Kara-Tepe. Archaeological site. Archaeologists at work, including B.Ya. Stavissky. Items found in the excavation. Excavation of the Bayastepinsky monastery. Stone high relief of Buddha discovered by Tashkent archaeologist Albaum. Albaum at the excavation site. Moscow. All-Union Research Institute of Restoration. Institute staff at work on the restoration of archaeological finds of the expedition to Kara-Tepe.