Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow
Research Interests: osteology, physical anthropology, dental pathology, Russian and Crimean archaeology, stable isotope analysis, radiocarbon dating.
2010 - PhD in Physical Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Thesis title: “Palaeodietary analysis of prehistoric populations from the Minusinsk Basin, Southern Siberia”.
2005 - MSc (Hons) in History, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia. Thesis title: “ Golden Horde and the historiography of Mongolian state of the 13th-16th centuries (early 19th century perceptions of the history)”.
Archaeology and Palaeoecology
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
+44 (0)28 9097 5123
Past Cultural Change Cluster
a) Book chapters
Svyatko, S. V., 2010: "The Diet of the Afanasyevo Population on the Data from Stable Isotope Analysis, Dental Palaeopathology Analysis and Statistical Analysis of Associated Burials". In: N.F. Stepanova, A.V. Polyakov, S. S. Tur and P. I. Shulga (eds.). Afanasyevskiy Sbornik. Barnaul: Azbuka. P. 225-233. In Russian.
Svyatko, S. V., A. V. Polyakov, 2009: "New radiocarbon dates of the Bronze - Early Iron Age sites of the Middle Yenisey". In: Yu. F. Kiryushin and A. A. Tishkin (resp. eds). Rol Estestvenno-Nauchnyh Metodov v Arheologicheskih Issledovaniyah. Barnaul: Altai State University Press. P. 146-149. In Russian.
Svyatko, S., E. Murphy, R. Schulting, J. Mallory, 2008: "Diet of the Bronze to Early Iron Age populations of the Minusinsk Basin (Southern Siberia) according to the data from carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis: preliminary report". In: A. A. Tishkin (ed.). Drevniye i Srednevekovyye Kochevniki Tsentralnoy Azii. Barnaul: Azbuka. P. 213-216. In Russian.
b) Journal papers
Svyatko, S. V., accepted: Stable Isotope Analysis: Overview of the Method and the Main Studies in Siberia and the Eurasian Steppe”. Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia.
Svyatko, S., accepted: “Dental Palaeopathological Analysis of the Eneolithic-Early Iron Age Populations from the Minusinsk Basin, Southern Siberia: Palaeodietary Implications”. Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia.
Svyatko, S.V., R.J. Schulting, J. Mallory, E.M. Murphy, P.J. Reimer, V.I. Khartanovich, Y.K. Chistov, M.V. Sablin, 2013: “Stable isotope dietary analysis of prehistoric populations from the Minusinsk Basin, Southern Siberia, Russia: a new chronological framework for the introduction of millet to the eastern Eurasian steppe”, Journal of Archaeological Science 40(11), 3936–3945.
Svyatko, S. V., J. P. Mallory, E. M. Murphy, A. V. Polyakov, P. J. Reimer, R. J. Schulting, 2009: “New Radiocarbon Dates and a Review of the Chronology of Prehistoric Populations from the Minusinsk Basin, Southern Siberia, Russia”, Radiocarbon 51(1), 243-273.
Polyakov, A. V., S. V. Svyatko, 2009: “Radiocarbon dating of the Neolithic-Early Iron Age archaeological sites of the Middle Yenisey: Overview of the results and new data”. In: A. A. Tishkin (resp. ed.). Teoriya I Praktika Arkheologicheskih Issledovaniy V. Barnaul: Azbuka. P. 20-56. In Russian.
c) Public outreach
Svyatko S.V., J.P. Mallory, 2014: Review of the book “E. N. Chernykh (2013) Kultury nomadov v megastrukture Evraziyskogo mira (The culture of nomads in the megastructure of the Eurasian world). 2 vols (367 + 424 pp). Moscow: Yask: Yazyki Slavyanskoy Kul’tury. ISBN 978-5-9551-0674-8 and 978-5-9551-0675-5”, Journal of Indo-European Studies 42(1-2).
October 2012: Oxygen Isotope Analysis training, Cambridge University
August 2012: Archaeozoology training (by Dr Alexey Kasparov), Nymphaion archaeological expedition, Crimea
April 2012: Understanding Zooarchaeology course, University of Sheffield
September 2013: Research trip to Barnaul and Tomsk (Siberia, Russia). Networking with a range of institutions and independent researchers; sampling human and faunal osteological materials with the aim to assess a palaeodiet of the local Neolithic-Iron Age populations and to assess the severity of the freshwater reservoir effect in the region and beyond.
2003-2012: Invited Osteologist in summer archaeological expeditions in Staryi Krym (site of Bokatash II), Sebastopol (Chersonese) and Kerch (Iluraton and Kitey), Crimea, Ukraine
Excavations and anthropological survey of the human remains from the Roman, Scythian and medieval Mongol sites (recording the finds, conservation of extremely fragile and poorly preserved human remains, sampling the osteological materials, writing reports in different formats).
March-April 2012: Research trip to Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Tyumen and Barnaul (Siberia, Russia). In collaboration with McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (University of Cambridge). Networking with a range of research institutions and independent researchers; sampling human and faunal osteological materials (tooth enamel and bone) with the aim to reconstruct a palaeodiet of the Neolithic-Iron Age populations of the Altai and Upper Ob River regions and to track down the signal of millet consumption.
September 2008: Fieldtrip to Gansu Province, China. Examining local archaeological sites which yielded substantial amounts of various cereals.
July-August 2007: Research trip to Minusinsk (Southern Siberia) and Moscow. Survey of different archaeological sites in the Minusinsk Basin and study of the osteological and archive materials in the N.M. Martyanov Regional Minusinsk Museum, sampling important osteological and floral materials from various parts of the Minusinsk Basin; study of the archive materials in the Institute of Archaeology (RAS), Moscow.
2006 – 2007: Three research trips to Saint-Petersburg. Collecting of the background archival and library information for the archaeology of the Minusinsk Basin, recording and sampling human and faunal individuals from relevant institutions and private collections.
Other (pseudo)scientific activities:
Russian-English translation of academic texts
Languages: Russian (mother tongue), English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), French (reading), Latin (reading)
Secretary of the Russian-Speaking Comminuty of Northern Ireland