The laboratory was organized at the Department of Archaeology and Ethnography at the Faculty of Humanities; the laboratory conducts research in collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography.

The current tasks of the laboratory include:
  • handling the existing collections of artifacts from the Stone Age sites of Western Pamir-Tien Shan (Kulbulak, Katta-Say Tutkaul, Dara-Suir, Obi-Kiik and other sites) and the North-Eastern Caucasus (Rubas-1, Darvagchay-1 and other sites);
  • processing the collections of paleontological materials from the geoarchaeological sites of Altai (Strashnaya Cave) and the Balkans (Trlitsa cave and Bioce rock shelter);
  • paleobotanical research of the deposits of geoarchaeological objects in Altai (Chagyrskaya Cave) and the Balkans (Trlitsa Cave);
  • radiocarbon and paleomagnetic dating of Paleolithic sites of Rubas river basin (North-Eastern Caucasus);
  • processing the collections of paleontological material from the locations of early Holocene of the Baraba forest-steppe;
  • radiocarbon dating of the Neolithic artifacts of the Baraba forest-steppe;
  • analyzing the first data on the isotopic composition of nitrogen and carbon in the human bones from the Bronze Age of the Baraba forest-steppe;
  • dendrochronological and xylotomic research of timbers from ancient Turkic sites of Altai era (KyzylShin, Haar-Yamaatyn-gol);
  • palynological research of the small lakes of the Novosibirsk region and Altai krai;
  • radiocarbon dating of the artifacts from early Iron and early Bronze Age of the Baraba forest-steppe;
  • radiocarbon and paleomagnetic dating of the Paleolithic sites of Darvagchay river basin (North-Eastern Caucasus);
  • processing the collections of artifacts from Paleolithic sites of Western Pamir-Tien-Shan (Kattasay, etc) and the Balkans (Bioce rock shelter);
  • processing the collections of paleontological material from the locations of Late Pleistocene and Holocene in the South-Western and Central Siberia;
  • dendrochronological and xylotomic research of timbers from the sites of Hun-Sarmatian times of Altai (Kurayka, Boshtu-1 burial grounds);
  • analyzing of the content of stable isotopes and studying the dynamics of isotopic composition in archaeological and contemporary bones of animals and fish from the territory of the Upper Ob region and the Baraba forest-steppe;
  • defining the regional specificity of the development of Stone Age cultures and their adaptation strategies in the context of the changing paleoecological situations in the large cultural and historical regions of Eurasia;
  • defining the dynamics of food consumption of the populations during the Bronze Age (Baraba forest-steppe);
  • dating of the archaeological artifacts of early Iron Age in Altai (Pazyryk burials) based on dendrochronological methods;
  • defining the types of timber species used, and the peculiarities of woodworking technologies.

Expert of the specialization – Doctor of History, Professor Mikhail Shun’kov

Department of Archaeology and Ethnography
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Sirebian Brach of the Russian Academy of Sciences