In 2013, the project transformed into Paleoetnology Research Center; in 2015 it passed the state registration as an autonomous non-profit organization and acquired a legal status. Maxim Kryuchkov, specialist in Classical philology, was Director in 2015-2018; in 2018 Denis Pezhemsky, anthropologist and archaeologist, was appointed as Director.
Paleoethnology Research Center is an institution with a wide range of goals and objectives. All the activities of the Center develop in two major spheres: first, the academic research in ethnogenesis of different peoples, and secondly, the popularization of scientific knowledge and the creation on its base of various media products from electronic textbooks to popular science and feature films.
Paleoetnology is a scientific direction that had been developing in Russia up to 1930s and represented the first experience of the synthesis of different fields of knowledge about ancient peoples and cultures (archeology, anthropology, ethnography, linguistics). Originating in the second half of the XIXth century in the depths of the French archeology and anthropology, innovative paleoethnology approach was quickly accepted by many European scientific schools in view of the fact that it allowed to see the specific human groups behind the changing of the archaeological cultures and technologies. A distinctive feature of the representatives of this scientific field was attention to the theory and methods of the natural sciences, much of which was borrowed. Stalinist repression put an end to this line of the science development, since it came into irreconcilable contradiction with the Marxist-Leninist ideas of primitive society.
Paleoethnology Research Center is called upon to return to this topic and to restore the interrupted logic of development of the science of ancient peoples. The base of its concepts and theoretical development is the data synthesis of the above-mentioned sciences as well as of genetics, ethnology and paleogeography data. The Center’s daily work is guided by the idea of uniting the specialists from various fields of humanities and natural sciences into the community of scientists engaged in the study of the problems of ancient and modern peoples ethnogenesis.
An important instrument of such an unification is an organization of several lines of scientific conferences, one of which — Indo-European studies: multidisciplinary approach — already has its audience and regular participants. It is supposed to expand cooperation with scientific and educational institutions. The creation of new scientific library serves the same purpose, most of its book collection is exclusive for the Russian library space. Besides we publish our scientific journal «Paleoethnology». All these efforts — it’a an attempt to develop a modern language of interdisciplinary synthesis, to establish a dialogue of various sciences.
«Paleoetnology» is a new Russian scientific journal dedicated to the integrated study of the problems of ethnogenesis of ancient and modern people, the origin and dispersal of modern humanity.
Nowadays for most researchers (except those who know the history of archeology and anthropology) the word «paleoethnology» does not cause any associations. An attempt to reconstruct the meaning of the word by using a part of the term «Ethnology» leads to completely wrong conclusions. We consider paleoethnology not as an independent discipline, or some hybrid science, but only as a special interdisciplinary research area.
Creating «Paleoethnology» journal meets the main purpose of the Paleoethnology Research Center — development of modern scientific reconstructions of humanity resettlement pathways.
One of the most important tasks is creation of the scientific platforms (along with seminars, exhibitions, expeditions) in a form of a new periodical, which will attempt to develop a modern language of interdisciplinary synthesis, establish a dialogue of various sciences (writing history, linguistics, archeology, ethnography / ethnology, anthropology, genetics, paleoclimatology, paleogeography) which often speak their own «languages». The final and desirable result is the development of a synthetic knowledge about human culture and man in general in the historical and global scale.
Besides the publication of original scientific articles «Paleoethnology» journal is designed to:
— breathe new life into conceptions, previously forgotten but still keeping their scientific significance, by publishing the articles of the XIXth — first half of XXth centuries;
— make available a greater number of primary sources by creating first-hand translations with commentaries;
— publish articles on the history of the various sciences in order to maintain a culture of scientific research;
— publish bibliographic reviews, critical reviews, scientific chronicle of events in order to reflect the development of a new interdisciplinary science and its components.
The magazine contains a section where various researchers in a relatively free manner could publish their ideas on the pre-designated topic.
It is allowed, even desirable, to publish passages and phrases of explanatory nature, that may seem superfluous and obvious to field experts, but since we are committed to the convergence of Sciences, the Editorial of «Paleoethnology» allows it (within reason of course).
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Paleoethnology Research Center
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