Saryarka Archaeological Institute

Head: Candidate of Historical Sciences Valeriy Grigorievich Loman

Brief information:

The SAI was opened in 2003 on the basis of the Department of Archeology of Central Kazakhstan KarSU. The structure of the institute includes a museum of archeology and ethnography.

Main research areas:
– The technology of making ceramic tableware as a source on the history of the population of Kazakhstan in the Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age
– The funeral rite and the reconstruction of the social structure of the Andronovo cultural and historical community (end of the 3rd - middle of the 2nd millennium BC)
– Monuments of the Final Bronze Age of Central Kazakhstan (mid-2nd - first half of 1st millennium BC)
– Petroglyphs of the Kazakh Upland

List of main publications:
1. Emma Usmanova, Valeriy Loman, Evgeniy Dmitriev, Igor Kukushkin, et al. 137 ancient human genomes from across the Eurasian steppes // Nature. – 17 May 2018. – Vol. 557, No 7705. – P. 369-374.
2. Usmanova E.R., et al. Ancient hepatitis B viruses from the Bronze Age to the Medieval period // Nature. – 2018. – Vol. 557, No 7705. – P. 418.
3. Valeriy Loman, Emma Usmanova, et al. The first horse herders and the impact of early Bronze Age steppe expansions into Asia // Science. – 2018. – Vol. 360, Issue 6396. ¬– P. 1422+.
4. Dmitriev E.A., Kukushkin I.A., Loman V.G., Usmanova E.R., et al. Early indicators to C4 plant consumption in central Kazakhstan during the Final Bronze Age and Early Iron Age based on stable isotope analysis of human and animal bone collagen // Archaeological Research in Asia. – 2018. – №15. – P. 157-173.
5. Loman V., Kukushkin I. et al How ‘Pastoral’ is Pastoralism? Dietary Diversity in Bronze Age Communities in the Central Kazakhstan Steppes // Archaeometry. – Volume 57, Issue S1. – 2015. – Pages 232–249.
6. Loman V., Usmanova E. et al. The extent of cereal cultivation among the Bronze Age to Turkic period societies of Kazakhstan determined using stable isotope analysis of bone collagen // Journal of Archaeological Science. – Volume 59. – 2015. – Pages 23–34.

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