This summer students of the Historical Faculty Ludmila Karebina and Daria Zelenova took part in the archaeological expedition of Russian geographic society "Kyzyl-Kuragino".
"Kyzyl-Kuragino" is one of the most ambitious projects of the Russian geographic society and the largest complex archaeological and geographical expedition in Russia today. It has been held every summer since 2011 on the territory of Tyva and Krasnoyarsk region at the building site of a new railway. The area has sites of various historical eras starting from early man dwelling sites to medieval settlements, including unique multi-layer dwelling sites of the neolithic and Bronze age and Stone age sites, over hundreds of thousands years old.
'It was the most memorable summer in my life. I was lucky to become a member of the international volunteer archaeological camp "The Valley of the Kings". There were 101 volunteers from various countries from Canada to Kazakhstan. We were one big family. We spent a month in the steppe, under the scorching sun and at night we were trying to get warm sitting round the fire and singing accompanied by a guitar. Every morning we left our camp-site to help archaeologists of the Saint Petersburg Institute of Archaeology. It was very interesting. We were digging Scythian and medieval mounds. It was my first experience of working with burial complexes. Goosebumps rushed up my spine when bones appeared from under a mass of rock. I'd never experienced anything of the kind. A person lived here three thousand years ago. And you are here and now. You are very close to each other and still thousands of years separate you. At such moments you realise how precious every minute of your life is. Southern Siberia has won my heart. I realised how much I love my own country. It is absolutely unique and is not limited to the Central Region,' said Ludmila Karebina.
The goal of the archaeological expedition is to protect culture historical heritage in the area where a new 400 km long railway line "Elegest – Kyzyl – Kuragino" is being built.
Tyva and Krasnoyarsk region have sites belonging to various historical eras starting from early man dwelling sites to medieval settlements. The land of Tuva attracts a lot of interests from archaeologists and historians from all over the world. They have found there unique multi-layer dwelling sites of the neolithic and Bronze age, and Stone age sites over hundreds of thousands years old. These sites are considered to be a key to understanding many cultural, historical and ethnical factors of the region's development.