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To better understand and explain the complexities of Pleistocene cultural changes in Central Eurasia, we study the Paleolithic archaeology of the Russian Altai region, Mongolia, North China, Xinjiang, Qinghai, and ethnic Tibet…a broad transnational and multiethnic region formerly glossed as “Haute-Asie,” now most commonly referred to as Central and Inner Asia or Central Eurasia.

Situated on the eastern periphery of this region, Mongolia was an important pathway for the migration of ancient human populations from west to 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 archaeology of this region, including the history of archaeological investigations there, recent finds, links to publications in peer-reviewed journals, and descriptions of current projects undertaken by our research group in Mongolia and elsewhere.

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS, Russia

Institute of Archaeology, MAS, Mongolia

School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, USA

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2021 Mongolian field season began with awards!

Drs. Evgeny Rybin and Arina Khatsenovich have been awarded special diplomas by their friends and colleagues in the Stone Age Department of the Institute of Archaeology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences; a very nice surprise, indeed! We are deeply indebted to our Mongolian friends for their decades of collaboration and invaluable assistance in organizing our jointContinue reading “2021 Mongolian field season began with awards!”

Mongolian-Russian Expedition and JMRAAE resume fieldwork in Mongolia

After a hiatus of nearly two years due to the global Covid-19 pandemic and consequent international border closures and quarantines, two collaborative multinational archaeological expeditions have resumed working in Mongolia. A research team from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, SB RAS, arrived in Ulaanbaatar on 14 July 2021 after a challenging two-day journey fromContinue reading “Mongolian-Russian Expedition and JMRAAE resume fieldwork in Mongolia”

New article on Middle Paleolithic environmental conditions in Mongolia

Our article, “Late Pleistocene paleoenvironments and episodic human occupations in the Orkhon Valley of central Mongolia,” describing early Upper Pleistocene climatic and environmental conditions associated with the Middle Paleolithic in Mongolia is now available in Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia, Volume 49, Number 2: 3-22 (2021). [A Russian-language version of this article is availableContinue reading “New article on Middle Paleolithic environmental conditions in Mongolia”

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