07.04.2016 | # Unite4Heritage. Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography Supports Yemeni Heritage Week – Museums United for Yemen
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography which hosts rich Yemeni collection which is mostly the result of the work of Soviet-Yemeni Complex Expedition (SOYKE), fully supports #Unite4Heritage Campaign.
The recent conflict in Yemen that started in March 2015 has caused serious security and humanitarian crisis in the country. At the same time, the conflict severely affected Yemen’s unique cultural heritage mostly as collateral damage caused by military operations, aerial bombardment in particular. The Old Cities of Sana’ and Saa’da, the Citadel of Taez, the archaeological site of the pre-Islamic walled city of Baraqish, the archaeological site of Sirwah (near Marib) from the 1st millennium B.C., and the Great Dam of Marib, a wonder of technical engineering, were all affected. Dhamar Museum, which used to host 12,500 artefacts, was completely destroyed.
In this regard, UNESCO proposes to organise Yemeni Heritage Week – Museums United for Yemen together with major museums around the world that host Yemen’s important cultural artefacts under #Unite4Heritage Campaign.
On April 26 the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS will present Museum's participation in this international event. Lecture by Prof Mikhail Rodionov, the Head of the Department of South and Southwest Asia of the Museum and SOYKE participant, entitled «‘Yemeni Cultural Memory: Challenges and Concerns’» will be presented at the special meeting of the Museum Scholarly council and will be broadcasted live via the Periscope.
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21.03.2016 | Symposium "Prospects for Ethnological / Anthropological Approach of European Studies in Russia"
The symposium Prospects for Ethnological / Anthropological Approach of European Studies in Russia is intended to represent the latest research achievements as well as the methodological fundamentals by the Russian ethnologists and anthropologists who focus their research on Europe. It is also aimed to define the place of ethnological / anthropological knowledge in European Studies within contemporary Russian science and to specify the most promising future focus areas for the Russian experts in European Studies.
25.11.2015 | Research made by the scholar from the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences became a basis of a diplomatic gift of the President of Russia
The president of Russia Vladimir Putin during personal meeting with ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Head and the spiritual leader of Iran, presented him the copy of one of the most ancient manuscripts of the Qur’an in the world which is stored in the St. Petersburg academic collection. The manuscript was identified, studied and published by Prof Efim Rezvan, the deputy director of the MAE RAS. His monograph on the topic received the Russian national award "Book of the Year" in the nomination "Humanitas" (2005), it won the second international competition of the CIS states "The Art of the Book" in the nomination "Dialogue of Cultures" (2005), gained the honourable diploma of UNESCO as "The best edition making the significant contribution to dialogue of cultures" (2005) as well as the honourable diploma of the Teheran Qur’anic Fair (2005). Efim Rezvan also made a documentary about the project. The Saint-Petersburg scholar took active part in preparation of a diplomatic gift.
To know the history of this manuscript in details, please, read Prof Rezvan’s article following this link.
28.10.2015 | The Sensational Dating of the Early Copies of the Qur’an. Public lecture by Efim Rezvan in the UK
On October, 21 2015, Birmingham University organized a scientific conference on results of radiocarbon dating of early Qur’anic fragments stored in its library. The manuscript drew wide media and public interest since the parchment was dated to approximately the lifetime of the Prophet Mohammed. (The dating placed the fragments to 568—645 A. D., while the preaching of Mohammed began in 610 A. D. and ended with his death in 632 A. D.)
30.06.2015 | Museum presents new online catalogue of the collections on Ainu culture.
Museum continues the series of catalogues providing the broad access to its collections. New online catalogue available from today on the Museum website is dedicated to the Ainu - one of the indigenous peoples of the Far East and Japan. MAE collection contains over two thousand items of Ainu origin; some of them are displayed at the permanent exhibition. Collections on Ainu culture are among the early acquisitions; 14 items still remain the labels of Kunstkamera. The uniqueness of these collections is in their wide geographical range as well, since they include materials not only from Hokkaido and Sakhalin Island, but also from Kuril Islands. The history of Ainu items’ collecting is associated with the names of prominent Russian travelers and explorers: I.G. Voznesenskii, B.O. Pilsudskiy, L.Y. Sternberg, and others. They could purchase unique materials on various aspects of the culture of Ainu people: vehicles and clothes, hunting tools and utensils, religious objects. Research of Ainu collections of MAE RAS is being carried out for many years in collaboration with specialists from Japan.