France and Russia share archeological knowledge and expertise
In November, a Franco-Russian seminar entitled “3D in archeology: more than an additional dimension” took place in the scientific city of Akademgorodok, near Novosibirsk.
Horse of Gravetto-Solutrean style, Ukok Plateau (Altai Republic, Russia)
Around 30 participants were present including senior, junior researchers and students. The seminar was focused on the contribution of 3D surface imaging to different fields and aspects of prehistoric archeology: from landscape to the wear of cutting tools, for research, modelling, sharing and preserving. The program was composed of conferences, posters and practical workshops and was dedicated to the training on scientific and technical challenges for students and junior researchers from the Novosibirsk State University (NSU), the Science Academy Institutes and also other Siberian universities.
The LIA Artemir (International Associated Laboratory “Multidisciplinary research on the prehistoric art of Eurasia”) was responsible for the organization of the seminar. Co-directed by H. Plisson from the research unit PACEA, this LIA was launched in January 2015 for a period of 4 years and represents collaboration between the CNRS, the University of Bordeaux, the University Savoie Mont Blanc, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Novosibirsk State University, the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, the Institute of Automation and Electrometry, both from the Siberian branch of the Russian Science Academy, as well as the Russian foundation for fundamental research. The LIA originates from two projects, one supported by the Archeological Science Labex of Bordeaux (2012 – 2014) and the other supported by the Foundation of the Human Science House in partnership with the Russian Foundation for Human Sciences (2013 – 2015).
During the seminar a “mirror laboratory” was launched. This laboratory was created by NSU within the framework of the LIA. It benefits from federal credits that support the development of the best Russian universities, similar to the French “Investments for the Future” funding that supports the LIA Artemir.
The week long seminar was important in many ways. First of all, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2015, it demonstrated strong collaboration between UBx and NSU. Secondly, it was symbolic of Franco-Russian cooperation not only between sites but also between governmental investments. Finally, the seminar linked two main prehistoric research poles that have played a major role in Paleolithic studies of the 20th century and today are leaders in the update of reference frameworks. LIA Artemir will contribute strongly to this update with a focus on the northern expansion of modern man: art and symbolic objects as structuring elements for the implementation of human group networks.
Novosibirsk State University
Founded in 1959 as part of a significant project to develop the resources of the Eastern region of the country, in 2010 the Novosibirsk State University obtained the label of National Research University. It is located at the center of the Scientific Center of Novossibirsk (Akademgorodok), which is a unique entity that groups together the university and 38 research institutes from the Siberian Department of the Scientific Academy. Over 5,000 researchers are based here as well as “Akadempark”, an implementation center for theoretical research for the industrial sector. Since its creation, the main objective of NSU is the training of researchers for institutes belonging to the Siberian branch of the Academies for Fundamental Science, Medicine, Agricultural Science as well as for experts who manage highly scientific production.
> Consult the NSU website for an article (in Russian) about the seminar