Siberia Scythica

studies of the nomadic cultures of Siberia.

About The Project

The Siberia Scythica project aims at the popularization of the little known, but very fascinating world of the Siberian Scythians.

The Scythians were well known by the ancient historians. In the Early Iron Age (8th-2nd century BC) they occupied the area of the East European steppes. However, the related tribes, bearers of the Scythian type cultures, occupied the vast area of the Eurasian steppes, as far as to the Yenisey river in the East. The origins of the Scythian cultural model should be sought in Central Asia, in the Altai and Sayan Mountains of South Siberia (including Tuva).

In 2012 Polish archaeologists from Institute of Archaeology of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow initiated the collaboration with Russian researches of the Southern Siberian cultures of the Scythian type. Thanks to the invitation to the cooperation with Andriey P. Borodovskiy (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Science, Siberian Branch in Novosibirsk), in the 2012-2016 several expeditions to the Northern Altai were organized. We must emphasise the great help of Professor Jan Chochorowski, the head of the Department of Bronze Age Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University (of that time), in concluding the agreement and starting the cooperation.

In 2018 we were invited to the collaboration by the renowned scythologist, Konstantin V. Chugunov from the Hermitage State Museum, Saint Petersburg. This invitation allowed archaeologists from Cracow to take part in archaeological excavations in Chinge-Tey cemetery – the elite necropolis of the Early Scythian Aldy-Bel culture.(8th-6th century BC) in Tuva.