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19 April 2013
Science

The book of ISTU archeologists about the unique site on Vitim will be reprinted in the UK

A book of ISTU employees, dedicated to archaeological research in the territory of the Baikal-Patomskoe highlands, will be re-released in the UK. The book of the candidates of historical sciences, Evgeniy Ineshin and Alexey Tetenkin "Man and the natural environment of the North Baikal in Siberia in the Late Pleistocene. Place of large Anchor I” was published in Russian in 2010 and attracted great interest of a wide range of experts, specialized in the Stone Age period of Northeast Asia: archaeologists, ethnologists, specialists in palaeoecology, palaeogeography, and geologists.

According to one of the authors of the monograph, a researcher of the laboratory of archeology, palaeoecology, and systems of life of the peoples of North Asia, Evgeniy Ineshin, the book attracted the Russian scientific community and was appreciated abroad. The world's leading specialist in the Stone Age, the head of one of the archaeological laboratories in the Czech Republic, Professor Irji Hlahula, offered to write the foreword to the book of Irkutsk scientists, which will be published in English by Cambridge Scolars Pablishing (UK). In the world of science it is considered prestigious to be published in this English academic publication aimed at the development of knowledge, promotion of scientific papers.

Publisher Cambridge Scolars Pablishing organized the initial collection of applications for the book; experts of different countries expressed the wish to buy it. This confirmed the relevance of the publication and became a quite eloquent recognition of the fact that research and ideas of ISTU scientists outlined in the monograph have surprised the interest of archaeologists.

"Alexey Tetenkin and me held the negotiations with the Cambridge Scolars Pablishing and signed the contract. The English version of the book is to be prepared and submitted for publication in December of this year. Since the theoretical chapter is written in the new language in archeology, it requires an adequate translation. Therefore, we have a difficult and important task. First, our experts will translate the texts, and then they will be edited by native speakers.

The book will be accompanied with an electronic version, because the two-dimensional image of the material does not always allow our foreign colleagues to adequately represent the basis of the study. We will post pictures in the disk and also use the capabilities of the virtual modeling. Modern equipment, which our laboratory has in the framework of the development of the National Research University, will provide readers with books, archaeological sites in the form of 3-D models. Thus, it will be possible to view the excavated material remotely, but with full approximation to their natural form. It is also planed to prepare a video about the processes of excavation and archaeological objects removed from the air by an unmanned aircraft that we are launching this year ",said E. Ineshin.

The book "Man and the natural environment of the North Baikal in Siberia in the Late Pleistocene. Place of large Anchor I “ presents the results of research of unique archaeological site to Vitim that differs of multi-layered cultural remains, stone expressive ensembles and well-preserved bone material that is rare for this region. There were used new methods in the process of study of Large Anchor I. The results obtained in the study allowed assessing artifacts in another way. For the first time a part of the archaeological finds discovered at the site was presented in 1992 at World's Fair Communications of XXI century in Japan. The uniqueness of the exhibits was highly appreciated by specialists, studying Stone Age. Then the idea of the monograph, in which the authors E. Ineshin and A. Tetenkin decided to present their theoretical and methodological developments, appeared. The work on the book was conducted over 20 years, about ten of them were devoted to archaeological excavations. Materials that are obtained in the course of studying of Big Anchors I answer questions on the history of the Baikal region, the history of settlement and development of America's extreme spaces of Northern Asia. In addition, the researches of scientists give an idea on the unique history of the Asian continent and the Japanese archipelago. The book introduces the scientific valuable material on the preservation of cultural heritage.


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