The development of archaeology involves not only the study of fundamental problems of the origin, prosperity and decline of ancient cultures by excavation of archaeological sites and interpret the artifacts resulting from field research, but also the preservation and further development of the existing traditions of scientific schools, which are only possible while maintaining scientific continuity of generations. That is why the training of young specialists should become one of priority directions of modern archaeologists. This training involves not only listening to lectures in University classrooms or the passage of field practice in archaeological expeditions, but also the development of young researchers, students, and graduate students, discussion problems of archaeology. The results of their research, the authors usually give publicity to the conferences.
In the second half of the last century, one of scientific forums, where young professionals were provided the results of their first survey, where they put forward new and sometimes highly controversial, the hypothesis became all-Union archeological student conference, in which he actively participated and students from Leningrad. Over time, the country has developed a network of regional student conferences. Many participants have subsequently become leading specialists in various archaeological centres in the country.
In 1980 yegg. in LOJA the USSR Academy of Sciences (now Institute) was created by the Council of young scientists, which was organized in the Institute of methodological workshops and conferences. The circle of participants was limited to members of the Institute (see, for example, Archaeology abroad Asia (proceedings to the Symposium of the Council of young scientists of LOJA). L. Science. 1985).
Developments in Russia in the late XX – early XXI century, interrupted the practice of holding youth forums in Leningrad. At present, however, in St. Petersburg, one of the largest scientific centers of the country where archaeology is represented not only in the walls of the Institute, but also in GAE, MAE RAS and St. Petersburg state University, there is a need to return to the previous tradition of holding city conferences of young specialists, as these conferences are a required step in the training of archaeologists. The initiative of holding the next such conference, scheduled for 22-23 April 2013 took over the Institute, as a leading archaeological institution in St. Petersburg.