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You’re welcome to dip your toes in the Paleolithic

To better understand the complexities of Pleistocene cultural processes in eastern Eurasia, we study the Paleolithic archaeology of the Russian Altai region, Mongolia, North China, Xinjiang, Qinghai, and ethnic Tibet…the broad region referred to by geographers as Central and Inner Asia.

Situated on the eastern periphery of Central Asia, Mongolia was an important pathway for the migration of ancient human populations from the west to the east (and/or vice versa). Possible scenarios for the dispersal of ancient human populations in Mongolia are much more complicated than initially supposed due to the limited number of corridors penetrating natural barriers like the mountains of southern Siberia in the north and the arid mountain systems of the Mongolian and Gobi Altai ranges in the south.

Here you will find resources about the Paleolithic of Mongolia, including the history of archaeological investigations there, recent finds, links to publications in peer-reviewed journals, and descriptions of current projects.

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS, Russia

Institute of Archaeology, MAS, Mongolia

School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, USA

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Tomorrow Dr. Evgeny Rybin will defend a thesis of his Dr. Habil. dissertation

December 21, 06:00 a.m. (Moscow time) Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science. Event will be available online on YouTube (even after defense) in Russian Сессия диссертационного совета Института археологии и этнографии СО РАН – YouTube Evgeny Rybin will present his dissertation ” Regional variability of Initial Upper Paleolithic lithicContinue reading “Tomorrow Dr. Evgeny Rybin will defend a thesis of his Dr. Habil. dissertation”

John Olsen became an Honorary Doctor of Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS, Novosibirsk

Regents’ Professor Emeritus of University of Arizona John Olsen works with Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS since 1995. Joint Mongolian-Russian-American archaeological expedition celebrates 25 years in 2020. This Expedition investigated Tsagaan Agui and Chikhen Agui caves, Chikhen-2, discovered Tolbor valley with highest concentration of Initial & Early Upper Paleolithic sites and numerous localitiesContinue reading “John Olsen became an Honorary Doctor of Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS, Novosibirsk”

Isotopic research in Altai Mountains

Mongolia and Altai were tightly connected in Upper, and, probably, Middle Paleolithic: crossing these regions people migratated throughout Central Asia and Southern Siberia. These migrations represent human dispersal, stimulated by several causes, including climate change and animal movements. Moving from one region to another, people would take animal bones, mineral and organic raw materials, personalContinue reading “Isotopic research in Altai Mountains”

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