Scientific research focus of the laboratory is on the study of the primitive art as part of the behavioral complex of Homo sapiens sapiens. The research aims to identify the cultural and genetic links of ancient societies of Eurasia based on specifying the technological traditions and innovations in art in the Stone Age and Paleometal.

The main body of research in the laboratory describes the genesis, as well as compares and interprets the oldest forms of art from the collections of the archaeological artifacts of Siberia and Europe using the modern IT platform. One of the innovative components for the primitive art research is the comparison of mathematical data from 3D-models.

Primitive art is a complex cultural phenomenon and therefore it requires complex research approach and specific research methods. Multidisciplinary research of primitive art is conducted in the laboratory based on the contemporary methods of archaeology, IT, petrography, geomorphology, traceology and experiment, comparative stylistic analysis, as well as with the use of paleoecological and paleogenetic data.

Integrative research approach allows for revealing the development mechanisms for the first abstractions, their symbolic, historical and social meaning, as well as the genetic sources of creativity and its complex, biological, mental, social and cultural nature. Mechanisms and characteristics indicating the translation of ancient images and the continuity of the principles of their creation in Siberia and Western Europe are of particular interest.

The applied value of the research is related to the development of methods for non-contact copying of the unique specimens of antiquity, which is important for the preservation of the world cultural heritage; also, a series of popular and educational animated and interactive informational resources is created for using in educational programs of the universities of France and Russia.

International partners of the laboratory: University of Bordeaux, University of Savoie, the national center for scientific research (CNRS), France.

Expert of the division – Doctor of History, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vyacheslav Molodin

Section of Archaeology and Ethnography (NSU, Department of Humanities)
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Sirebian Brach of the Russian Academy of Sciences