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”

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”

The Initial Upper Paleolithic Tolbor-21 site: a new article in Quaternary International

Our new paper Evgeny P. Rybin, Cleantha N. Paine, Arina M. Khatsenovich, Tsedendorj Bolorbat, Sahra Talamo, Daria V. Marchenko, William Rendu, Alexei M. Klementiev, Davakhuu Odsuren, Byambaa Gunchinsuren, Nicolas Zwyns., 2020. A new Upper Paleolithic occupation at the site of Tolbor-21 (Mongolia): Site formation, human behavior and implications for the regional sequence has appeared onlineContinue reading “The Initial Upper Paleolithic Tolbor-21 site: a new article in Quaternary International”

Arina Khatsenovich presents talk for “Down Ancient Trails”

Down Ancient Trails is an international archaeological forum organized by the Sharma Center for Heritage Education, India and supported by the Leakey Foundation. It is an online platform for specialists in archaeological sciences and anthropology to share their research. A number of headliners in archaeology gave presented talks about various subjects that they study. ShantiContinue reading “Arina Khatsenovich presents talk for “Down Ancient Trails””