The department of archaeobiology and information technology was established on January 1, 2017. The scientific activity of the researchers of the newly created department is a continuation of studies in the scientific area developed over the previous years: “Archaeological Heritage of Tatarstan: Preservation and Study Experience.” Studies conducted in this field include the following scientific topics.
Topic 1. Managed database of archaeological studies in the Republic of Tatarstan. Unified State Register of Historical and Cultural Heritage Sited of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Topic 2. History of the studies of archaeological sites of the Republic of Tatarstan.
This research area comprises the development of the “Archaeological Study of Tatarstan” geo-information system, including the compilation of detailed databases on the condition of archaeological monuments and regular monitoring of historical and cultural heritage sites – monuments of archaeology located in the Republic of Tatarstan and individual regions of the Russian Federation.
In addition, a geographic (spatial information) database on a scale of 1:50000 is being formed using the geo-information technology, which includes general geographic data and information on archaeological heritage sites in all regions of the Republic of Tatarstan. Spatial analysis and 3D modeling are conducted in order to restore the scenario before and after the flooding of cultural heritage sites by Kuibyshev and Nizhnekamsk reservoirs, with the restoration of burials, and the arrangement of artifacts and other cultural heritage items.
Tools are being developed to improve the use of geographic information systems in the processing of spatial data obtained on the basis of archaeological research, which allows to simplify and speed up the work of archaeologists and researchers in field and laboratory conditions. Activities are continued with the use of geographic information technologies and the construction of three-dimensional models of excavations in Bolgar and Sviyazhsk.