March work in the storage of Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS was really hard for the team. The faunal collections are ready to be moved to the new storage, so, we needed to find Mongolian collections that have been stored here since 1980th and nobody worked on since that time. We appreciate our master student Ivan Dolgushin and Dr Sergei Vasiliev for their help.
Dr. Alexei Klementiev is a unique specialist in Pleistocene fauna of Siberia and Central Asia. He is co-investigator in the project RSF 19-78-10112 “Human adaptation in arid and high-altitude regions of eastern Central Asia in Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene”. Last March he studied about 670 faunal remains from Paleolithic and Neolithic sites in Mongolia. Some of it will change our knowledge about Late Pleistocene faunal complexes in Asia significantly. Now we have about first 50 samples to go to CT-scanning, 3D-scanning, isotopic and, some of it, to DNA analyses. First results on study of faunal collections that we’ve got in the course of excavations in 2018-2019 (Orkhon-1, Orkhon-7 and Moiltyn am) will be published this June.