Ethnoarchaeological research in the Baikal Region
From August 2004 to the present members of the BAP have been working together with Orochen Evenki hunters and reindeer herders to better understand the logistics of hunting in a boreal taiga environment. This page presents the on-going results of our work along the Vitim river.
1) THE VITIM ETHNOARCHAELOGICAL EXPEDITION
In July and August of 2004, the BAP in colloboration with the Irkutsk State Pedagogical University, conducted a joint ethnoarchaological expedition along the Poperechnaia river of Zabaikal'e. The results of our research are presented below.
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"Dwellings, Storage and Summer Site Structure Among Siberian Orochen Evenkis: hunter-gatherer vernacular architecture under post-socialist conditions" by D.G. Anderson. In Norwegian Archaeological Review (2006) Volume 39, No 1, pp. 1-26. Download Article Here.
"Is Siberian Reindeer Herding in Crisis? Living with reindeer fifteen years after the end of state socialism" by D.G. Anderson. In Nomadic Peoples NS (2006) Volume 10, Issue 2, pp. 86-103. Download Article Here.
"Neo-Shamanism in a post-socialist landscape: Knowledge, luck and ritual among Zabaikal Orochen-Evenkis" by D.G. Anderson. In P. Jordan (ed.) Landscape and Culture in the Siberian North. London: UCL Press (in press). Download Book Chapter Here.
Hommel, P.N., V.M. Vetrov, P Jordan, P. Dei and H. Miuller. 2008 Drevneishaia keramka Ust-karengskoi Arkheogicheskoi Kul'tury. _Vestnik mezhdunardnogo Tsetra Aziatskih Issledovanii_ No. 14 237-248. Download
Pastukhova, A.Iu. 2004. Evenki Severa Baikal'skoi Sibiri v 20 veke _Izvestiia Laboratorii Derevenikh Tekhnologii. No. 2: 215-221. Download
2) THE BELIEFS AND PRACTICES OF ZABAIKAL OROCHEN EVENKIS
From October 2003 to December 2007, the BAP has supported the doctoral research of Donatas Brandisauskas in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences (University of Aberdeen) and the Wenner Gren Foundation. Here, Mr. Brandisauskas presents the ongoing results of his 12 months of fieldwork in rural areas of Chita district and Buriatiia Republic as well as 3 months research in cities of Irkutsk, Chita, Ulan Ude, St. Petersburg and Nerchinsk. Readers are invited to send comments to the author (firstname.lastname@example.org) on these working papers.
3) THE BODAIBO ETHNOARCHAOLOGICAL EXPEDITION
From July 2006 to the present, in colloboration with the Irkutsk State Technical University, members of the BAP are conducting environmental testing and interviews with Evenki and Yakut reindeer herders along the Zhuia river of Irkutsk Oblast. The results of our research will be presented here. This research is co-sponsored with the National Science Foundation (USA) through a grant from the BOREAS programme.
Anderson, David G., Evgenii M. Ineshin and John Ziker. In press. ‘The Spatial Demography of the ‘Outer Taiga’ of the Zhuia River Valley, Eastern Siberia’ in David G. Andeson (ed.). The 1926/27 Soviet Polar Census Expeditions The Identity and Economy of Russia’s Northern Peoples and Their Lands Oxford: Berghahn Press. Download Article Here
Ineshin, Evgenii.M., Oksanna P. Vinkovskaia, Elena G. Vologina et al. 2007. Unpublished Fieldwork Report. Палеоэкологический аспект в этноархеологических исследованиях стоянок охотников-оленеводов Байкало-Патомского нагорья. Download Report Here
Volgina, Elena G., N. V. Kulgina, N.V. Ignatova, M. Shturm. 2008 Unpublished Fieldwork Report Предварительные результаты исследования донных отложений озера Толондо. Download Report Here
Anderson, D.G., Vin'kovskaia, O.P., Vologina, E.G., Vershinin, K.V., Ineshin, E.M., Kuznetsov, O.V., Kulagina, N., Shturm, M. 2007. Paleoekologicheskii aspekt v etnoarkheologicheskikh issledovaniiakh stoianok okhotnikov-olenevodov Baikalo-Patomskogo nagor'ia [The paleoaecological aspect in ethnoarchaeological research of hunter–reindeer herder settlements in the Baikal-Patomsk Upland]. In A.V. Kharinskii (ed.) Conference Proceedings, The Ethnohistory and Archaeology of Northern Eurasia: Theory, Methods and Practice 408–13. Irkutsk–Edmonton: Izd-vo IrGTU. Download
Kuznetsov, O. 2007. An Ethnoarchaelogical Approach to Late Paleolithic Settlements and Habitation Structure Analysis (Transbaikal, Siberia) In A.V. Kharinskii (ed.) Conference Proceedings, The Ethnohistory and Archaeology of Northern Eurasia: Theory, Methods and Practice 452–56. Irkutsk–Edmonton: Izd-vo IrGTU. Download
4) THE SEVEROBAIKALSK ETHNOARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPEDITION
From July 2006 to the present, in colloboration with the Irkutsk State Technical University, members of the BAP are conducting interviews with Evenki and Yakut reindeer herders in the northern regions of Buriatiia. The results of our research will be presented here. This research is co-sponsored with the National Science Foundation (USA) through a grant from the BOREAS programme.
5) The Worldview of Pribaikal Buriats
PhD candidate Joseph Long has been conducting fieldwork among PriBaikal Buriats since 2006. As a graduate research assistant for BAP he prepared a working paper on forms of ritual action in the region. Please send comments to Joe Long to email@example.com.
Long, J. 2007. Ritual and Everyday Practice in Cisbaikal Buriat Communities. In A.V. Kharinskii (ed.) Conference Proceedings, The Ethnohistory and Archaeology of Northern Eurasia: Theories, Methods, and Practice 591- 594. Irkutsk–Edmonton: Izd-vo IrGTU. Download
6) Expedition to North Baikal Evenki of Kholodnaia River
PhD candidate Veronika Simonova has been doing her fieldwork among North Baikal Evenki people primarily at the Kholodnaia ("Cold") village. Her academic interests are spatial practices spatial creations and interpretations by locals. She is also focused on historical memory of spatial practices and contemporary cultural vision of the taiga territory, rivers and Baikal aqua-tory. She used discourse analyse, participant observation, sharing experience, narratives and visual anthropology as basic methodological approaches. Please, send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD candidate Vladimir Davydov has been conducting his field research among North Baikal Evenki people of Kholodnaia ("Cold") village. He is interested in cultural commodification, environmental discourses and ethics. Through participation in daily routine in the village and in the taiga he analysed social and cultural indigenous technologies, modern economic practices and local environmental knowledge from the prism of micro-economic relations by usage of qualitative methods of social and visual anthropology. Please, send your comments to email@example.com
Davydov, V.V., Simonova, V.V. 2008 Sobach'e serdtse: Antropologiia Sobakoedeniia v post-sovetskoi evenkiiskoi derevne [The Dog’s Heart: Anthropology of the consumption of dog meat in post-Soviet Evenki villages]. Izvestiia Laboratorii drevnikh technologii (Irkutsk GTU). 213-230. Download