International Scientific Conference "Archeology of the Arctic"
November 19-23, 2017

Informational Letter 1

19-23 November 2017 Salekhard

International Conference “Arctic Archeology”

In recent decades, an idea of human sustainable development in the Arctic became one of the objectives of the Arctic human research. The key component of this idea is the existence of traditional culture in historical perspective and possibilities of its development potential in the future. The history of the traditional culture of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic areas of the world can be reconstructed based on the archeological finds – the more ancient the studied period, the more important they become. Despite the logistics difficulties and the high costs of the works, archeological researches in the Arctic became more intensive lately. The significant principle of such researches is their interdisciplinarity.

One of the main objectives of the Arctic Research Center (Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets autonomous district) is to conduct comprehensive researches of the territory, including archeological. Thus, in 2012 a long-term target program on research activities development on the territory of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district for 2012-2015 was accepted. Nowadays the program was modified. The regional Government support has provided establishment and development of the archeological researches in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic of the Western Siberia. According to the results of the joint researches of the Russian and foreign scientists the level of safety of modern indigenous cultures in Yamal is higher than in other Arctic countries.

Finding on the territory of the region unique archeological sites gives a great source for studying the history of traditional culture and for forming economic, biological and cultural adaptations in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic conditions. Such cultural layer represents the remains of material culture, including organic material products. This fact is of the utmost importance not only for circumpolar region, but also for studying the ancient culture of other areas with different landscape and climatic conditions.

Since 2012 the Arctic Research Center, when the first International Conference devoted to the 80th Anniversary of the opening of the archeological monument “Ancient Sanctuary Ust-Poluy” took place, regularly publishes the edition “Arctic Archeology”.  By now three editions of this book have been published, two of them contain the monographs of iconic collections of archeological monuments. International team of authors publishing their articles in the book has been formed.

In the frame of the IV Northern Archeological Congress, that took place in November 2015 in Khanty-Mansiysk, it was recommended to hold an International Archeological Conference in Salekhard. The Governor of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district Dmitry Kobylkin has supported this initiative.

Main topics of the Conference:

1. Climate and natural environment history. Contemporary challenges.

2. A Human in the Arctic:  the history of the Arctic regions settlement. Forming of the economic segments.

3. Arctic and Sub-Arctic Culture: traditions and mobility.

4. Cultural heritage in the Arctic: identification, preservation, usage. Arctic Museums.

Date of the Conference:

Proposed date of the Conference is the second half of November, 2017. 

Applications to participate in the Conference are accepted until the 1st of March, 2017.

The articles for publications are accepted until the 1st of April, 2017. The publications supposed to be both in Russian and in English.

Accommodation and meal expenses will be covered by the Government of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district.

Conference format

The Conference will be in a format of plenary session, without separate sections.

A special poster section with poster presentation will be arranged. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to suggest some participants to make a poster presentation instead of a report. The posters should be set up beforehand. Article and poster requirements are enclosed to the present letter.

Organizing committee:

Natalia Fedorova  +7 912 919 56 23,;

Olga Kholyavko +7 34922 22655,

Electronic versions of printed documents

Informational Letter 1 (download)