Archaeologists from the USA will conduct excavations in the Transbaikal, in order to understand how the Siberians settled in America
Archaeologists at the University of Washington led by Professor Ian Busicom will conduct excavations in the South-West TRANS-Baikal region. Experts hope to learn the basic steps of prehistoric people in the development of Asia and their transition from Siberia to North America. This was reported by the journalist. TASS doctor of historical Sciences, head Chikoisky TRANS-Baikal archaeological expedition of the state University Mihail Konstantinov
“Lasting interest of the Americans to the archaeological monuments of the Baikal region connected with the history of their native continent and its colonization by ancient people who, according to accepted theory, came to the New world from Siberia through Beringia – the area linking North-East Asia and North America. The route of these “immigrants” is set, but the age and stages of their “journey” need to be studied,” – said Konstantinov.
A group of seven representatives of the University of Washington will arrive in Chita on 30 June and the next day will go to the excavations of the archaeological site of Ust-Menza in Krasnochikoysky the edge of the area, will run for three weeks. A common theme of their research, according to the scientist, devoted to initial development of man, Asia and America, to study their environment and material culture.
In the excavations of the Ust-Menza will join the Russian researchers. “This complex consists of 17 monuments, the oldest of which is about 100 thousand years. And we have reason to believe that the Ust-Menza is the other, not izuchennosti. The study we are going to do,” said the head of the expedition.
Excavations will go on not only scientists, but students and historians as well as pupils from red cheats and Chikoi rivers. “Our work is not the first year joined by children from local schools, orphanage and village Korotkova Chita schools hearing impaired. This makes the project not only scientific and educational but also educational,” – said Konstantinov.
Earlier it was reported that scientists from Denmark examined the remains of an ancient inhabitant of Transbaikalia, to determine his DNA. This will allow to shed light on the origin and relationships of the prehistoric inhabitants of the region, to reconstruct the history of relationships of different human populations. Foreign experts remains discovered during excavation of Ust-Menza, passed in 2014, and the research results are expected before the end of 2015.
Interest to the prehistoric inhabitants of the Baikal region is also shown by scientists from Japan, who believe the Siberian aboriginal relatives and examine archaeological finds, including to learn more about the process of colonization of the Japanese Islands.
Complex of archaeological monuments Ust-Menza is located in the tract at the confluence of the rivers Menza in the Chikoi river in the South-West TRANS-Baikal region. In the early 1980-ies it was opened by the participants Chikoisky archaeological expedition. Here found the most ancient in the region of the arrowheads revealed a series of burials, including one of the oldest in the province.