John W. Olsen

Regents’ Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. – University of California, Berkeley, 1980 (Anthropology). Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson. Executive Director of the Je Tsongkhapa Endowment for Central and Inner Asian Archaeology and Foreign Leading Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS and Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), CAS.  Olsen was one of the co-founders of the Joint Mongolian-Russian-American Archaeological Expedition (JMRAAE), in 1995, which initially focused its research activities on Tsagaan Agui Cave, Chikhen Agui Rockshelter, and the Chikhen-2, Tolbor-4, Tolbor-15, and Kharganyn Gol 5 sites. Olsen has also worked extensively in a number of locations in China, including Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and the Tibetan Plateau. His research interests include human adaptations to extreme environments, paleoecology, and the occupation of high altitudes. Read more about Olsen here


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