Paleoethnology Research Center — research and educational non-profit organization that grew out of the project «Bible and ancient history». The project was initiated in 2012 as part of the Foundation of St. Basil the Great (the founder of the Foundation is Konstantin Malofeev, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, benefactor and public figure). 
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In 2013, the project transformed into Paleoetnology Research Center; in 2015 it passed the state registration as an autonomous non-profit organization and acquired a legal status. Maxim Kryuchkov, specialist in Classical philology, was Director in 2015-2018; in 2018 Denis Pezhemsky, anthropologist and archaeologist, was appointed as Director.

Paleoethnology Research Center is an institution with a wide range of goals and objectives. All the activities of the Center develop in two major spheres: first, the academic research in ethnogenesis of different peoples, and secondly, the popularization of scientific knowledge and the creation on its base of various media products from electronic textbooks to popular science and feature films.

Paleoetnology is a scientific direction that had been developing in Russia up to 1930s and represented the first experience of the synthesis of different fields of knowledge about ancient peoples and cultures (archeology, anthropology, ethnography, linguistics). Originating in the second half of the XIXth century in the depths of the French archeology and anthropology, innovative paleoethnology approach was quickly accepted by many European scientific schools in view of the fact that it allowed to see the specific human groups behind the changing of the archaeological cultures and technologies. A distinctive feature of the representatives of this scientific field was attention to the theory and methods of the natural sciences, much of which was borrowed. Stalinist repression put an end to this line of the science development, since it came into irreconcilable contradiction with the Marxist-Leninist ideas of primitive society. 

Paleoethnology Research Center is called upon to return to this topic and to restore the interrupted logic of development of the science of ancient peoples. The base of its concepts and theoretical development is the data synthesis of the above-mentioned sciences as well as of genetics, ethnology and paleogeography data. The Center’s daily work is guided by the idea of uniting the specialists from various fields of humanities and natural sciences into the community of scientists engaged in the study of the problems of ancient and modern peoples ethnogenesis.

An important instrument of such an unification is an organization of several lines of scientific conferences, one of which — Indo-European studies: multidisciplinary approach — already has its audience and regular participants. It is supposed to expand cooperation with scientific and educational institutions. The creation of new scientific library serves the same purpose, most of its book collection is exclusive for the Russian library space. Besides we publish our scientific journal «Paleoethnology». All these efforts — it’a an attempt to develop a modern language of interdisciplinary synthesis, to establish a dialogue of various sciences.

Алексей Крол
Alexey Krol
Alexey Krol

Graduated from the Museology Department of the Russian State University for the Humanities in 1995. Theme of the qualifying work: "Ancient Egyptian Heb Sed Festival".
Attended postgraduate course in the The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Theme of the PhD dissertation: "Military and Political Aspects of the Ancient Egyptian Holiday Heb Sed Festival" (1999).

In 1995-1998 worked as junior researcher in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
In 1998-2015 – as researcher in the the Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (in 2005-2011 - deputy director).
From 2015 works as senior researcher in the Research Institute and the Museum of Anthropology of the Moscow State University and in the Paleoethnology Research Center.

Specialist in ancient and medieval history and archeology of Egypt, Islamic art and culture.

Participated in Russian and international archeological expeditions in Egypt:
1998-2006 – joint Russian-German expedition in Luxor (Theban Tomb 320, the so-called "Royal mummies cache");
2000-2002 – joint Russian-Dutch expedition in Tell Ibrahim Awad (Eastern Delta);
2001-2002 – German expedition in Qantir (Eastern Delta, Pi-Ramesses);
2002-2007 – archaeological expedition of The Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Memphis;
2003-2005 – underwater archaeological expedition of The Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Alexandria;
2003-2014 – archaeological expedition of The Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the Deir al-Banat (Fayum).

Member of the Russian Geographical Society and of the European Association of Archaeologists.

Алина Гильмитдинова
Alina Gilmitdinova
Alina Gilmitdinova
Анастасия Бондаренко
Anastasia Bondarenko
Anastasia Bondarenko
Андрей Черкасов
Andrey Cherkasov
Andrey Cherkasov
Дарья Фомичева
Daria Fomicheva
Daria Fomicheva
Денис Пежемский
Denis Pezhemsky
Denis Pezhemsky

In 1992-1994 was a student of the History department of the Irkutsk State University.
In 1998 graduated from the Archaeology Department of the Faculty of History of the Moscow State University and the Anthropology Department of the Faculty of Biology of the Moscow State University.
In 1998-2002 attended postgraduate course on Physical Anthropology (scientific director – M. M. Gerasimova) and postgraduate course at the Archeology Department of the Moscow State University (scientific director – V. L. Yanin). PhD in biology (2011). Theme of the PhD dissertation: "Variability of tubular bones of the human body and the possibility of its reconstruction" (scientific director – M. M. Gerasimova).

In 1994-1998 worked at the Physical Anthropology Department of the N. N. Miklukho-Maklai Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Since 1998 worked at Research Institute and Museum of Anthropology of the Moscow State University, since 2001 – as senior researcher, since 2002 is curator of Craniology and Human osteology collections.
Director of the non-profit organization “Novgorod Scientific and Educational Center HERITAGE” (since 2008), deputy director of the non-profit organization “Scientific and Educational Paleoethnology Research Center" (since 2015).

Member of the European Anthropological Association (since 2002), of the Moscow Society of Naturalists (from 2005), and of the Russian Geographical Society (since 2011).

Author of more than 100 publications on physical anthropology and archeology.

Research interests: morphology of the skull and postcranial human skeleton, anatomical variability of the skeletal system, paleoanthropology, origin of the races of ancient populations of the different regions of Northern Eurasia, theory and methods of Paleoanthropological research, facial reconstruction on the cranial base, history of physical anthropology, funerary archeology, archeology of ancient city, the burial rites of the ancient and modern nations, problems of studying the remains of historical figures and the relics of saints.

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Елена Вагнер-Сапухина
Elena Vagner-Sapukhina
Elena Vagner-Sapukhina

Graduated from the Volgograd State University in 2014. The theme of the final qualifying work: "The demographic characteristics of the population of Tsarevskoye site and its region" ( Scientific director – M. A. Balabanova).
In 2016 graduated from the Archaeology Department of the Faculty of History of the Moscow State University. The theme of the Master's thesis: "The funeral rite and cranial features of Ancient Rus population of the Upper Dnieper and Upper Volga" (Scientific director – D. V. Pezhemsky).
Since 2016 is a PhD student of the Physycal Anthropology department of the Faculty of Biology of the Moscow State University.

Participated in archaeological excavations of the Early Iron Age mounds in the Volgograd region, the site of the Golden Horde period Bolgar in the Republic of Tatarstan, the Ancient necropolis “Tchaika” near Yevpatoria in the Crimea Republic.
In 2014-1015 was a member of the International Archaeology School in Bolgar ("Paleoanthropology" and "Geoinformation technology in archeology" departments).

Иван Горячев
Ivan Goryachev
Ivan Goryachev
Ольга Доброва
Olga Dobrova
Olga Dobrova

«Paleoetnology» is a new Russian scientific journal dedicated to the integrated study of the problems of ethnogenesis of ancient and modern people, the origin and dispersal of modern humanity.

Nowadays for most researchers (except those who know the history of archeology and anthropology) the word «paleoethnology» does not cause any associations. An attempt to reconstruct the meaning of the word by using a part of the term «Ethnology» leads to completely wrong conclusions. We consider paleoethnology not as an independent discipline, or some hybrid science, but only as a special interdisciplinary research area.

Creating «Paleoethnology» journal meets the main purpose of the Paleoethnology Research Center — development of modern scientific reconstructions of humanity resettlement pathways.

One of the most important tasks is creation of the scientific platforms (along with seminars, exhibitions, expeditions) in a form of a new periodical, which will attempt to develop a modern language of interdisciplinary synthesis, establish a dialogue of various sciences (writing history, linguistics, archeology, ethnography / ethnology, anthropology, genetics, paleoclimatology, paleogeography) which often speak their own «languages». The final and desirable result is the development of a synthetic knowledge about human culture and man in general in the historical and global scale.

Besides the publication of original scientific articles «Paleoethnology» journal is designed to:

— breathe new life into conceptions, previously forgotten but still keeping their scientific significance, by publishing the articles of the XIXth — first half of XXth centuries;
— make available a greater number of primary sources by creating first-hand translations with commentaries;
— publish articles on the history of the various sciences in order to maintain a culture of scientific research;
— publish bibliographic reviews, critical reviews, scientific chronicle of events in order to reflect the development of a new interdisciplinary science and its components.

The magazine contains a section where various researchers in a relatively free manner could publish their ideas on the pre-designated topic.

It is allowed, even desirable, to publish passages and phrases of explanatory nature, that may seem superfluous and obvious to field experts, but since we are committed to the convergence of Sciences, the Editorial of «Paleoethnology» allows it (within reason of course).

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