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Creation of the French-Russian research laboratory “ZooSCAn” in Siberia

Publié le 26 avril 2021
Le CNRS et l’Institut d’Archéologie et d’Ethnographie de la branche sibérienne de l’Académie des sciences de Russie (IAET, RAS) se sont associés pour créer le laboratoire international conjoint « ArchaeoZOOlogy in Siberia and Central Asia - ZooSCAn ». The CNRS and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IAET, RAS) have joined forces to create the International Research Laboratory "ArchaeoZOOlogy in Siberia and Central Asia – ZooSCAn".

This laboratory is located on the Akademgorodok scientific campus in Novosibirsk and is hosted within the IAET, an institute world-renowned for the excellence of its excavations on sites of utmost importance for the understanding of the mechanisms of human settlement over the last million of years.

This multidisciplinary joint research laboratory in archaeozoology will be dedicated to studying human / non human animals relations in Siberia and Central Asia from the Pleistocene to the early Holocene. The research conducted jointly will contribute to understanding the impact of human groups on their environment and the response of animal populations to environmental changes over a long period.

The IRL « ZooSCAn », built on the long-standing dynamics of Franco-Russian scientific collaborations and exchanges, will enable the anchoring of priority scientific programmes for both partners and  will benefit from the exceptional archaeological collections of the IAET. This partnership will strengthen the strategic position of the two institutions, at the heart of a research area of global interest both geographically and thematically, and will position the CNRS and France at a very high level in the international competition.

Pictures: Neanderthal site of Chagyrskaya (Russia), dir.: K. Kolobova / Mammoth skeleton in the reception hall of IAET © IAET SB RAS

 

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