ASU scientists attend international conference in Saint Petersburg

2 December 2019 Department of Regional Studies of Russia, National and Religious Relations
From November 18 to 22, International Conference "Connections, Contacts and Interactions between the Ancient Cultures of Northern Eurasia and Civilizations of the East during the Palaeometal Period (4th – 1st mil. BC)" was held in St. Petersburg.

The event was organized by the State Hermitage and the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Over 150 people from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Iran, Holland, Poland, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and other countries participated in the forum.

The conference was attended by Doctor of History, Head of the Department of Regional Studies of Russia, National and Religious Relations Petr K. Dashkovsky. At the conference, he presented a report on radiocarbon dating of mounds with Chinese imports of the burial ground Chineta II (Altai).

Petr K. Dashkovsky commented on the event:

“The conference was attended by leading scientists not only from Russia, but also from other countries that deal with the problems of interaction between the peoples of Northern Eurasia and different Eastern countries of the ancient era. Our university was represented by a solid delegation of archaeologists. Apart from me, it included Doctor of History, Professor A.A. Tishkin, Doctor of History, Professor S.P. Grushin, Doctor of History N.N. Seregin, and Candidate of History D.V. Papin. The conference raised issues of intercultural interaction, trade contacts between various peoples. As part of my speech, I focused on the results of dating two mounds from the burial ground of the Scythian era Chineta II, in which unique wooden lacquer products from China were discovered. Earlier, items of Chinese import were found in Altai only in the “royal” mounds, for example, at the burial ground of Pazyryk, Bugry and some others. Probably, the remnants of lacquer objects found in Altai in the burials of Chineta II and other necropolises came to the nomads in the Scythian era from one zone of lacquer production in ancient China. It should also be emphasized that the presence of imported varnish products from China indicates the high social status of those buried in mounds. We also managed to expand scientific contacts and discuss some prospects for further cooperation with foreign colleagues in the framework of the conference.”

The study of artifacts from the monuments of the Chineta Archaeological Microdistrict, located in the vicinity of Chineta village of Altai Krai, is held by P.K. Dashkovsky in the framework of the grant “Monuments of the Chineta Archaeological Microdistrict in Altai: Cultural and Historical Interpretation of Artifacts and Possibility of Using the Results in the Tourism Cluster of the Region” (project No. 19-49-220002) provided by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

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