Dr Svetlana Svyatko
Current Research Project
Migration or adaptation: Emergence and development of nomadism in the Altai
Svetlana also participates in the following projects:
Russian Science Foundation grant “Early Turks of Central Asia: Interdisciplinary historical-archaeological research”, 2020-2023 (PI Dr N. Seregin).
The Russian Foundation for Basic Research grant “Historico-cultural and ethnogenetic processes on the territory of Mongolia during the Great Migration and Early Medieval Periods: Interdisciplinary analysis of archaeological and written sources”, 2019-2022 (PI Dr N.N. Seregin; ca. £23,000).
The Russian Foundation for Basic Research grant “Bioarchaeological approaches to the problems of adaptation of the Andronovo population of Altai”, 2019-2022 (PI Dr D.V. Papin).
Professor Paula Reimer (PI), email@example.com
Details of any grant/funding connected with the research
The Leverhulme Trust Research Grant
Altai, located at the ancient crossroads between Central and North Asia, was the principal region through which prehistoric Eurasian steppe populations and cultures passed into China. Being the centre of intensive cultural genesis and development, this relatively small and isolated region strongly influenced the lifestyle of many societies. However, there are no reliable ages even for the key periods. We aim to develop the first systematic absolute chronology of the Altai Early Iron Age, specifically targeting the emergence and dynamics of local nomadism and its place in the Eurasian Steppe context, using AMS radiocarbon dating and multi stable isotope analysis.
Impact of Research
This research represents the first international systematic chronological investigation of Altai, essential for understanding the most topical issues – the emergence and dynamics of nomadism in the area, as well as the place of the Altai nomadism in the general Eurasian Steppe context. The research will allow more accurate interpretations on the emergence and development of different cultures in various geographical zones, and reveal the time of migration of the first nomads into Altai or the adaptation of local population to new climatic conditions.
A significant amount of new materials from most recently excavated sites will be accurately dated, catalogued and published.
The new data will allow a significantly more complete and consistent archaeological framework for the region, and will become a highly important reference for future historical and archaeological reconstructions. The international nature of the research collaboration will foster UK leadership in modern bioarchaeological research and lead to further studies in understudied past cultures.