On April 29, 2022, the first three volumes of the seven-volume academic publication “Archaeology of the Volga-Urals” were presented at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan. The project was presented by scientists of the Institute of Archaeology named after A. Kh. Khalikov of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan.
The collective monograph is a modern academic outlook on more than 150 years of experience in archaeological studies of one of the most significant and unique historical and cultural areas of the Eurasian continent. The study has allowed to shed new light on archaeological information and make it a framework for a comprehensive reconstruction of the history of the population of the Volga-Ural region from antiquity to the early modern period.
The authors have worked on the publication since 2016 as part of the implementation of the state program “Preservation of the National Identity of the Tatar People”. The writing team of the publication includes about 100 researchers – leading archaeologists from major scientific centers and universities in Kazan, Moscow, Ufa, Izhevsk, Samara, Yoshkar-Ola, Cheboksary, Saransk, Astrakhan, Syktyvkar, Kirov. The total page count of the 7 volumes is approximately 600 printed sheets. The general structure of the publication is as follows: Volume I. Stone Age; Volume II. Eneolithic and Bronze Age; Volume III. Early Iron Age; Volume IV. Migration Period; Volume V. Volga Bolgaria. The Finno-Ugric World. Turkic-Speaking Nomads (8th – Early 13th cc.); Volume VI. Ulus of Jochi Period (Second Third of 13th – First Half of 15th cc.); Volume VII. Late Middle Ages (Mid-15th-17th cc.).
“Today, the “Archaeology of the Volga-Urals” is the largest project of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan,” – Daniya Zagidullina, Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan.
“The first initiative to create such a publication was taken as early as in the late 1970s, but it could only be implemented today. The project was launched back in 2016, and now the publication has finally come out. The collective monograph “Archaeology of the Volga-Urals” is a joint effort of more than 20 federal and regional scientific and academic institutions of the region, and over 100 scientists”, – Ayrat Sitdikov, Director of the Institute of Archaeology named after A. Kh. Khalikov of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences.
In the future, it is planned to create a study guide for higher educational institutions on the basis of on the seven volumes of the Archaeology of the Volga-Urals.