The Altai Mountains are located in the heart of Asia, crossing the borders of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China. The unique scenery of ‘Golden Mountains’ with thousands of lakes and snow-capped glaciers is a fusion of ancient cultures, ravishing landscapes, and extraordinarily high biodiversity. The Altai region is a natural boundary between the Siberian taiga forests and the Central Asian deserts; it is also one of the last remaining untouched areas of the world. The archaeology of this region starts in Palaeolithic. For thousands of years Altaic mountains, forests and steppe served as a homeland for large nomadic populations in Eurasia.

The Altai Isotopic Project is an international partnership between the Russian Academy of Sciences, Jagiellonian University and the University of Stockholm. The main scientific aims are an archaeological assessment and extended bioarchaeological analyses of Iron Age tombs of nomadic elites and warlords from Northern Altai.

Funded by Stiftelsen Längmanska kulturfonden.

Project leader: Dalia Pokutta