Department Head and Senior Researcher
Ph.D. – Institute of Archaeology, MAS, Ulaanbaatar (Archaeology). Dr. Gunchinsuren is Head of the Department of Stone Age Archaeology in the Institute of Archaeology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences. He is Principal Investigator of projects investigating Middle and Upper Paleolithic sites in northern and central Mongolia and the Gobi Altai region. He has been an integral member of the Russian-Mongolian-American team since its inception in 1995 and participated in field studies at Tsagaan Agui Cave, Chikhen Agui Rockshelter, and the Chikhen-2 site as well as numerous reconnaissance and survey efforts. Since the early 2000s, Gunchinsuren has been a Principal Investigator of international Paleolithic expeditions representing the Mongolian side. Gunchinsuren’s research interests focus on ancient human migrations and dispersals, their traces on Mongolian territory and the first appearance of Homo sapiens in Central Asia.