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”

Two Master’s degree students defended theses on the Paleolithic of Mongolia

2021 June 17 Two expedition-affiliated Master’s degree students successfully defended their theses at Novosibirsk State University: Matvey Zhukov, Microblade production in Early Holocene lithic industries of Mongolia (Gobi Altai). Supervisor – Arina Khatsenovich Galina Posmetnaya, Paleoclimatic conditions of Late Pleistocene human occupation in the Orkhon Valley, Mongolia (pollen spectra of the Orkhon 1 and 7Continue reading “Two Master’s degree students defended theses on the Paleolithic of Mongolia”

Dr. Irina Vishnevskaya performs pretreatment and measurements of Strontium isotope composition

Irina spent April 2021 in the “Geoanalytic” geochemical lab in Ekaterinburg performing sample pretreatment and measuring 87Sr/86SR ratios on samples from the Altai Mountains and Mongolia. She will present the first results of her work online at Goldshmidt2021, July 4-9 in Lyon, and at DIG2021, May 17-21 in Faro.

Alexei Klementiev’s analyses of Pleistocene faunal remains from Mongolian Paleolithic sites

Work conducted in March 2021 in the collections storage facility of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS was very difficult for our team. Faunal collections are ready to be moved to new storage facilities, so we needed to locate the Mongolian collections that have been stored there, untouched and unanalyzed, since the 1980s.Continue reading “Alexei Klementiev’s analyses of Pleistocene faunal remains from Mongolian Paleolithic sites”

Arina Khatsenovich, Irina Vishnevskaya and Evgeny Mikheev preset results of their paleoisotopic research at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS

They presented the first results on their study of Strontium isotopic composition: the first stage of 87Sr/86Sr ratio mapping in the Altai region and Mongolia and results of a study of faunal samples from Orkhon-1 and Moiltyn-am. 87Sr/86Sr ratios for bone samples, compared to results obtained on sediments from site profiles, indicate that some speciesContinue reading “Arina Khatsenovich, Irina Vishnevskaya and Evgeny Mikheev preset results of their paleoisotopic research at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS”

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 becomes an Honorary Doctor of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS, Novosibirsk

University of Arizona Regents’ Professor Emeritus John W. Olsen has worked with the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS since 1995. The Joint Mongolian-Russian-American Archaeological Expedition that he co-directs celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020. The Expedition investigated Tsagaan Agui Cave and Chikhen Agui Rockshelter, the Chikhen-2 site, and discovered the Tolbor Valley’s highContinue reading “John Olsen becomes an Honorary Doctor of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS, Novosibirsk”

Isotopic Research in the Altai Mountains

Mongolia and the Altai Mountains were closely connected in the Upper and, probably, Middle Paleolithic: people migrated across these regions and throughout Central Asia and southern Siberia. These migrations represent human dispersals stimulated by several causes, including climate change and the movement of game animals. People transported animal bones, minerals and organic raw materials, andContinue reading “Isotopic Research in the Altai Mountains”