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Ancient Fashion: Leggings from Steppe Leader’s Wardrobe

When excavating the burial mound of a noble Xiongnu man, the Russian-Mongolian archaeological expedition discovered unique items made of leather, felt, and textile, which allowed researchers to restore the costume of a member of the nomadic elite, who lived 2,000 years ago. There was only one fully preserved item among ...

Modified: 02.11.2015
ancient people , Xiongnu , steppe , nomads , Mongolia , fashion , clothing , embroidery , Polosmak , reconstruction
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Traces of Chinese Chariot

In summer 2012 the Russian-Mongolian archaeological expedition organised by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS (Novosibirsk) and the Institute of Archaeology (Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar) continued to study the Xiongnu burial site at Noin-Ula in ...

Modified: 19.04.2013
Mongolia , Noin-Ula burial , Xiongnu , archaeological excavation , Chinese chariot
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News from the Fields

Last summer, the Russian-Mongolian archaeological expedition, which had been excavating, for several field seasons, the famous Xiongnu burial of Noin-Ula in Northern Mongolia, continued work. The 11th tumulus, having no analogues among the previously studied Xiongnu kurgans, ...

Modified: 10.04.2012
Mongolia , Noin-Ula burial , Xiongnu , Russian-Mongolian expedition , bronze ornamentals , ceramics
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«On Paths of Which no One has Knowledge of Unseen Beasts there Lurk the Spoors...»

... people who founded the first nomadic empire. Until quite recently they have been known exclusively from Chinese Chronicles. Only in the early 20th century the richest burials of the representatives of Xiongnu nobility have been found in the northern Mongolia. New diggings at the Khunnu tsars' kurgans in Mongolia have unearthed remarkable silver plates which are horse harness adornments. Standing out among them are artifacts with original depictions of a fantastic animal, the unicorn, which had not ...

Modified: 30.12.2009
Xiongnu , diggings , Noin-Ula kurgans , Polosmak , Mongolia , horse harness , adornments , unicorn , kylin , silver plate
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Mongolia: "… A Call from Afar Awakes My Soul"

... imbibed the beauty of magnificent ridges… Ever since ancient times the solemn grandeur of nature has commanded the attention of man…” With this poetic declaration P.K. Kozlov—one of the greatest explorers of Central Asia—begins his book Mongolia and Amdo and the Dead City of Khara-Khoto. You cannot but agree with him, especially if a fair portion of your life is spent in expeditions. No matter what you do, before each trip you feel excitement, particularly intense if you are going to ...

Modified: 30.04.2008
Mongolia , Chinggis Khan
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Siberian Celebrations in Mongolian Land

From October 21 to October 24, a delegation of researchers from the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS) visited Ulan-Bator, the capital of Mongolia, to participate in the festivities dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Siberian Branch — the Days of Research and Engineering. “The history of our relations”, said President of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences B. Chadraa, “knows ...

Modified: 25.08.2007
Mongolia , SB RAS , academician , Dobretsov
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A Nomad in the Epoch of Globalization

... peoples formed their historical and cultural space whose basis was nomadic cattle breeding. Over a long period in history, numerous state-like formations were created that made part of the Russian and Tsin Empires in the 17th—18th centuries. Outer Mongolia, which became autonomous in 1911, was transformed first into the People’s Republic of Mongolia and then into the Republic of Mongolia. By the beginning of the 20th c., Mongol peoples lived within the territories of the three Socialist states ...

Modified: 25.04.2007
Mongolia , Inner Mongolia , Mongolia's population , economy , cattle , territory
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Chinggis Khan in the Eye of the Third Millenium

Geneticists believe that every 200th person on the Earth can be a descendant of Chinggis Khan, who was famous not only for his victories but also for the extraordinary fertility. If the sight of the horse-tailed Mongolian banner streaming in the wind quickens up your heartbeat, you might have a grain of the immortal spirit of the Shaker of the Universe This happened in spring 1206 at the all-Mongol kurultai — a congress of noyons who arrived from all parts ...

Modified: 25.02.2007
Chingghis Khan , Mongolia , nomads , Eurasian steppes
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Under the Banner of Chinggis Khan

... stands among the greatest conquerors along with Alexander, Caesar and Napoleon. Who doesn’t know him? And though for many of our contemporaries Chinggis Khan is no more than a mythical character from the distant past, for the greater part of the Mongolian world his name is a major component of the modern ethnic culture. The words “Chinggis Khan” and “Mongol empire” have become mythologemes: that is, the classical myth with its plot, symbolism and ritual has been knowingly transferred ...

Modified: 25.02.2007
Chinggis Khan , Edzhen Khoro , Mongolia , nomads , Eurasian steppes
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The Place of Our Last Dwelling Should Be Here

... of Chinggis Khan?” was published in Logos, a local faculty wall paper. For more than a week it attracted crowds of students. It was the first and the last “publication” of the article. In the following 16 years its versions sent to Mongolia and Japan, when opportunity offered, disappeared completely, and the one sent to Uralsky sledopyt [Ural Track-seeker] came back. Since then the author has not tried to publish the article, though tracked publications on the topic. And, according ...

Modified: 25.02.2007
Chinggis Khan , Burhan-Khaldun , burial site , Rashid ad-Din , Onon , Kerulen , Mongolia , nomads , Eurasian steppes
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Cities Built by... Nomads

... Nevertheless, proper scholarly discovery of the ancient towns of Central Asian nomads took place at the end of the 19th century, when the expedition of the East-Siberian Department of the Russian Geographic Society headed by N. M. Yadrintsev came to Mongolia. In the valley of the Orkhon River in northern Mongolia, the explorers found, apart from stone steles with inscriptions and vast burial grounds, ruins of the ancient Uigurs city of Khara-Balgasun and of the Mongol capital Kharakhorum. In 1890 ...

Modified: 25.02.2007
Chinggis Khan , Mongolia , Central Asia , nomadic empires , nomadic peoples , ancient Mongolian cities , nomads , Eurasian steppes
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The Past 18 Meters Deep

... be put off till the next year … We — an expedition of the Novosibirsk Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences — have come to the Noin Ula mountains, a picturesque place in Northern Mongolia, to excavate a Khunnu burial mound. Khunnu is a people who created the world’s first nomadic empire. They were mentioned in the Chinese chronicles but the Khunnu archaeological artefacts were not many. Ancient burial places in the north of ...

Modified: 30.12.2006
Xiongnu , Mongolia , archaeological excavations
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"I have the Soul of a Nomad"

... founder and Editor-in-Chief of the book series Folklore memorials of the peoples of Siberia and Far East and of the international archaeological journal Eurasian archaeology, ethnography, and anthropology. Prof. Derevyanko is a foreign member of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute, Associate Professor of the Arizona University, USA, and a member of the UNESCO Intellectual Club. In Russia, his achievements earned him the Order of the Red Banner ...

Modified: 30.01.2005
archaeology , Academy of Sciences , The Demidov Prize , Derevyanko , Mongolia
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