What led the entire Siberian culture of hunter-gatherers to disappear between 7000 and 6000 BC.? To investigate this, an anthropologist from the University of Alberta (Canada) is heading up an international research team.
The $2.5 million project will examine human remains from ancient cemeteries, situated in the Lake Baikal region of Russia.
Is climate change to blame? Climate change could eventually be a key factor in this disappearance phenomenon, as a change in climate does affect culture, diet and migration distinctly.
Lead researcher Dr. Andrzej Weber said,
While our project is based in Siberia, we have collaborators from so many countries, that it provides an excellent platform for the flow of ideas, hypotheses, interactions, networking… This is what international research is really all about – to provide the scientific environment for people to interact, and our project is very friendly in this regard.
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