Khuzin Fayaz Sharipovich (August 1, 1951, Karmanovo village, Zainsky District of the Republic of Tatarstan) – Archaeologist, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Corresponding Member of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences. In 1972 he graduated from the History and Philology Department of Kazan State Pedagogical Institute. For two years, he worked as a teacher of history at Kadyrovskaya eight-year school in the Zainsky District of the Republic of Tatarstan. Since October 1974, he began to work at the G. Ibragimov Institute of Language, Literature and History of the Kazan Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences as a Junior Research Associate of the Department of Archaeology and Ethnography. Since 1989, he was a Senior Research Associate of the Department of Archaeology of the G. Ibragimov Institute of Language, Literature and Art of the Kazan Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences (since 1996 – Institute of History named after Sh. Mardzhani of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences); Since 2003 – Leading Research Associate, since 2007 – Chief Research Associate at the Institute of History, Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (since 2014 – Institute of Archaeology named after A.Kh. Khalikov of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences).
In 1987, he defended a Candidate’s Thesis “Bilyar Settlement: Stratigraphy, Chronology” at the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of Archaeology of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and in 2002 – a Doctoral Thesis “Bolgar Town in the 10th – Early 13th cc.”
In 1974-1988, he worked as Deputy Head, and in 1989-1994 – Head of Bilyar Archaeological Expedition of the G. Ibragimov Institute of Language, Literature and Art of the Kazan Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences and Kazan State University, and in 1994-2005 – Head of the “Kazan Kremlin” Archaeological Expedition of the Institute of History of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences. He conducted archaeological excavations at Bilyar, Suvar, Juketaw and Chally settlements, and in the Kazan Kremlin.
He is the author of over 750 scientific and popular scientific publications, including approximately 30 books, monographs and study guides for secondary schools and universities.
Deputy Chairman of the Dissertation Council; Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Archaeology named after A.Kh. Khalikov of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences, National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan, Bolgar Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve. Editor-in-Chief (2012-2016) and deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine “The Volga River Region Archaeology”, member of the editorial board of the journals “Gasyrlar Avazy. Echo of Centuries” and “Tatarica”.
Academic interests: archaeology and history of Volga Bolgaria, the Golden Horde and the Kazan Khanate.
Titles, awards: Honored Scientist of the Republic of Tatarstan (2002), Winner of the State Prize of the Republic of Tatarstan in the field of Science and Technology (1994); medal “For Contribution to the Heritage of the Peoples of Russia” of the Russian Union of Historic Cities (2002), medal “In Memory of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan” (2005), Badge of Merit “For Labor and Valor for the Good of Kazan” (2010).
Grant of the President of the Russian Federation for State Support of the Leading Scientific Institutions of the Russian Federation in 2016-2017, contractor of the project “Urbanization and Urban Development Processes in the Volga Region (10th-16th cc.).”
RFBR Grant of 2017 – manager of the project 17-46-161007 All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference “7th Khalikov Readings “Medieval Archaeological Monuments of the Volga Region and the Urals: Problems of Research, Conservation and Museification” dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of Bilyar Archaeological Expedition.
Main Scientific Works and Publications:
Monographs and Books:
- Great Town on the Cheremshan: Stratigraphy and Chronology. Issues of Bilyar-Bolgar / Executive Editor A.Kh. Khalikov. – Kazan, 1995, 223 p.
- Ancient Kazan through the Eyes of Contemporaries and Historians / Compilers and Authors of Comments F.Sh. Khuzin, A.G. Sitdikov. – Kazan: “Fest” Publ., 1996, 445 p.
- Volga Bolgaria in Pre-Mongol Period (10th – early 13th cc.). – Kazan: “Fest” Publ., 1997, 183 p.
- Bolgar Town in the 10th – Early 13th Centuries / Executive Editor A.M. Belavin. – Kazan: “Master Lain” Publ., 2001, 480 p.
- Ancient Kazan. – Kazan: Kazan State University, 2005, 152 p. (co-authored by A.G. Sitdikov).
- Early Bolgars and Volga Bolgaria. (8th – Early 13th Centuries) / Executive Editor G.N. Belorybkin. – Kazan, 2006, 583 p.
- Studies on the Bolgaro-Tatar archaeology. – Kazan, 2011. 468 p.
- Bolgar Civilization on the Volga. – Kazan: “Tatarskoye Knizhnoye Izdatelstvo” Publ., 2011, 112 p. (co-authored by G.M. Davletshin).
- The History of Tatarstan and the Tatar People from Ancient Times until Late 16th Century. Study guide for general educational institutions. 5th-6th classes / Scientific Editor: Director of the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Yu.A. Petrov. – Kazan: “Tatarskoye detskoye izdatelstvo” Publ., 2016, 128 p., illustrated (co-authored by V.I. Piskarev et al.).
- On the Process of Sedentarization of Volga Bulgars // Journal of Sustainable Development. Special Issue. Vol. 8, No. 7, August 2015. – P. 68-75.
- Revisiting the Ratio of Paganism and Islam in the Pre-Mongol Culture of Volga Bolgaria // Philology and Culture, 2013, No. 1 (31), pp. 214-221. (co-authored by B.L. Khamidullin).
- The Fortification of the “Great City” of Bilyar // The Volga River Region Archaeology. – 2016, No. 1 (15), pp. 223-234. (co-authored by A.M. Gubaidullin, Z.G. Shakirov).
- 50th anniversary of Bilyar Archaeological Expedition: results and issues of Great Town investigation // The Volga River Region Archaeology, 2017, No.2, pp. 8-27. (co-authored by S.I. Valiulina, Z.G. Shakirov).
- Felt in the Culture and Household Llife of the Medieval Nomads of Eurasian Steppes // Art of the Turkic world. Issue 3. The Art of Felt in the Turkic World: History and Contemporaneity. Proceedings of the International Symposium. – Kazan, 2013, pp. 16-22.
- Summary of the Issues of Studying the Early Stages of the Bolgar Civilization on the Volga River // Medieval Eurasia: Symbiosis of Towns and Steppe. Proceedings of the 2nd International Bolgar Forum / Archaeology of the Eurasian Steppes. Issue 17, Kazan, 2013, pp. 210-220.
- Medieval Kazan in the view of new archaeological research. Medieval Kazan in the Light of New Archaeological Investigations // Tatarica. – 2014, No. 1 (2), pp. 114-137 (co-authored by A.G. Sitdikov).
- Michael Khudyakov (On the 120th anniversary of his birth). // Tatarica, 2014, No. 2 (3), pp. 243-248.
- Architectural Monuments of Volga Bolgaria and the Kazan Khanate // Cities and Villages of Medieval Russia: Archaeology, History and Culture. The 60th Anniversary of Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Nikolai Andreevich Makarov. – Moscow; Vologda: “Drevnosti Severa” Publ., 2015, pp. 415-431. (co-authored by A.G. Sitdikov).
- The Fall of Kazan in 1552: Losses and Acquisitions. Answers to Questions – Medieval Turkic-Tatar States. Medieval Turkic-Tatar States, 2015, No. 7, pp. 187-189.
- Muslim City on the Middle Volga: Pre-Mongol Bilyar // Proceedings of the Congress of Islamic Archaeology of Russia and the CIS Countries. – Kazan: Institute of Archaeology of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences, 2016, pp. 275-287. (co-authored by Z.G. Shakirov).