Archaeologists will conduct excavations on the site of construction of a gas pipeline “Altai”

“We will perform works on the territory of the Altai territory and, as appropriate, to make excavations in other regions along the entire string of the gas pipeline. It should be noted that only in our area of work will last for a few years – it’s archaeological sites recorded on the sites Tumenruskom, Zalesovo, Biysk, zone and other areas”, – quotes the press-center of the words of the Vice-rector for scientific and innovative development of the University Alexei Tishkina.

According to him, all preliminary examinations have been conducted, the estimates, and University staff are ready to start excavations.

It is expected that the chief Executive of a major research project will be the Institute of archeology and Ethnography of the Siberian branch of RAS (Novosibirsk), which has the appropriate experience and the necessary resources. In the implementation of the project will involve a team of the laboratory of interdisciplinary studies of archeology of Western Siberia and Altai ASU under the guidance of academicamente Derevyanko. It is also planned to use other academic, scientific and scientific-production organizations of the Altai region.

“It is premature to talk about specific archaeological sites that will be excavated, since in the preparation of the construction of the pipeline can be made the correction of the plan of passing it to the track. In any case, all changes will be made with consideration of cultural heritage. This is strictly monitored by competent authorities and scientists”, – said the scientist.

As reported, on 8 may, Gazprom and CNPC legally secured the pipeline is crossing the border of Russia and China through the Ukok plateau. The gas pipeline “Altai” will connect gas fields in Western Siberia with China, delivering to China to 30 billion cubic meters of gas per year with possible increase its volume to 100 billion cubic meters.

The Ukok plateau – untouched corner of nature, located in the Central and least accessible part of the Altai mountains. There is a nature Park “quiet Zone Ukok plateau”, included in the world heritage list of UNESCO. The plateau is a sacred place for the indigenous peoples of Altai, in one of the mounds in 1993, was found well-preserved mummy of a woman, which is now known as the “Altai Princess”.

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