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Gennady A. Khlopachev

gennady a. khlopachev

Head of Archaeology Department at Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Science (MAE RAS), Candidate of Historical Sciences


Phone: +7 (812) 328-08-12 (ext. 420)

Fax: +7 (812) 328-08-11



Born in 1969 in Leningrad, Gennady A. Khlopachev graduated from the Department of Archeology at the Faculty of History of St. Petersburg State University. He has been working at the MAE RAS since 1994. In 2005, he became the Head of the Archeology Department at the MAE of RAS. Since 2007, he has been a member of GDRE PRÈHISTOS, a European network for the study of bone processing in Prehistory. For many years, he’s been maintaining close scientific contacts with leading specialists in Paleolithic studies in Russia and abroad. From 2007 to 2011, he served as an official representative of the PECO-NEI network for education and research and organized internships and training of postgraduate students from several French Universities. From 2005 to 2018, Gennady A. Khlopachev was the Editor-in-Chief of serial scientific publications Zamyatninsky Collection and Code of Archaeological Sources of the Kunstkamera.  From 2019 to the present, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Camera Praehistorica academic journal. Since 1998, he has been the head of the Desna Paleolithic Expedition of the MAE of RAS, which conducts archaeological research of Upper Paleolithic sites in the Upper and Middle Dnieper region. Dr. Khlopachev received several awards for his contribution to science. In 2009, he received a Certificate of Merit from the Committee on Science and Higher Education of the St. Petersburg Administration for his contribution to studying of the Late Paleolithic sites of the Russian Plain. In 2014, the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences awarded him an Honorary Certificate for many years of conscientious work for the benefit of national science, and in 2018, the Russian Historical Society awarded him a Certificate of Merit for his achievements in the field of Paleolithic archeology.

1995 Doctor of Sciences in History (Ethnography) at the Institute of Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences. Dissertation topic: “The Semiotic Aspects of Traditional East Slavonic Culture” [Semioticheskie aspekty funktsionirovaniya traditsionnoi kul’tury].

1975 Candidate of Sciences degree, Institute of Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences. Dissertation topic: “The Russian Folk Rituals Associated with the Building of the House” [Russkie narodnye obryady, svyazannye so stroitel’stvom zhilishcha].

1972 Specialist diploma in History and Philology, University of Tartu, Estonia, USSR.


1996 Specialist diploma in Archeology, the Faculty of History of St. Petersburg State University. Teachers in science: V.I. Belyaeva, M.D. Gvozdover.

2004, Candidate of Historical Sciences, St. Petersburg State University. Dissertation title: “Technology of Mammoth Tusk Processing in the Upper Paleolithic (based on the materials from sites in the Center of the Russian Plain).”


Paleolithic archaeology; Upper Paleolithic of the Russian Plain; stone and bone industries, structure of settlements with mammoth bone structures; ancient techniques and technologies of bone processing in the Stone Age.


  • 2021-2023, “The Old and the New Worlds: the formation and development of ancient societies and populations” (in partnership with Dr. V. Khartanovich and Dr. Yu. E. Berezkin).
  • 2017-2020, “Formation of prehistoric and present-day population of Eurasia and America using ethnological, physical anthropological and archaeological data” (in partnership with Dr. V. Khartanovich and Dr. Yu. E. Berezkin).
  • 2014-2016, “Ancient Cultures of Eastern Europe: Reference Sites in the Context of Modern Archaeological Research.” Within the framework of R&D topic, “Ethnic History and Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of the World” (Supervisor: Dr. E. A. Rezvan)
  • 2012-2014, “Ancient Cultures of Eastern Europe: Structure, Genesis, and Natural Environment.” Within the framework of R&D topic, “Ethnic History and Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of the World” (Supervisor: Dr. E. A. Rezvan).
  • 2009-2011, Regional peculiarities of cultural development in the Stone Age-Early Metal Age.” Within the framework of R&D topic, “Cultural and biological aspects of human development” (Supervisor: Dr. E. A. Rezvan).
  • 2006-2008, “Antiquities of Northern Eurasia in the Kunstkamera Archaeological Collection: Chronology, Periodization, and Cultural Transformations.”



  • 2020-2022, Russian Fund for Basic Research, no. 20-59-00003, “Late and Final Paleolithic of the Upper Podniprovie in the Belarusian-Russian Frontier Region: Local Differences and Cross-Cultural Connections”
  • 2019-2021, Russian Fund for Basic Research, no. 18-09-40043, “Geometric images in the art of the Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic of Eastern Europe: methods of construction, performance techniques, chronological and regional features.”
  • 2018-2019, Russian Fund for Basic Research, no.  17-21-01002-ОГН_БЕЛ, “Unknown scientific heritage by K.M. Polikarpovitch: a new source for archaeological study of the Russian-Belorussia border”
  • 2012-2013, Russian Fund for Basic Research, no. 09-06-00282-Укр-a, “The Middle Dnieper ethnocultural community: structure and cross-cultural relations”
  • 2009-2011, Russian Fund for Basic Research, no. 09-06-00282-a, “Chronology and structure of the Upper Paleolithic of Desna region.”
  • 2008-2010, Russian State Science Foundation, no. 08-01-94658 a/Fr, “Art objects and armaments in the Prehistory of Eastern Europe.”



  • 2019. Life and technology of mammoth hunters and their descendants. Homo Sapience, the development of the territories of Northeast Asia during the Ice Age. Rokuichi-Shobo Publishing House. 2019. 248 p. In Japanese. Co-authored with E.Ju. Girja.
  • 2018. Ivoire: artisanats du Paléolithique supérieur d'Europe orientale. Aix-en-Provence, Maison méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, 416 p. In French. Author.
  • 2013. Homo sapiens in the ice conditions of the Far North. Life and Technological Achievements of Mammoth Hunters, Tokyo: Yuzankaku Publishing House. in Japanese. Translated by Hideaki Kimura and Ayako Kimura. Co-authored with E.Ju. Girja
  • 2010. Secrets of ancient bone cutters of Eastern Europe and Siberia – mammoth tusk and reindeer antler processing techniques in the Stone Age (according to archaeological and experimental data). St. Petersburg: Nauka Publishing House. In Russian, Co-authored with E.Ju. Girja
  • 2006. Tusk industries of the Upper Paleolithic in Eastern Europe. St. Petersburg: Nauka Publishing House. In Russian. Author.


  • 2020. Верхнепалеалітычныя помнікі Верхняга Падняпроўя: Бердыж, Юравічы, Юдзінава (паматэрыялахневядомайНавуковайспадчыныК.М. Палікарповічаіданыхсучасныхдаследаванняў. In Belarussian. Co-authored with Kalechits A.G. and Kolasau A.U.
  • 2013. “Bone Retouchers from the Upper Layer of Kiik-Koba Grotto,” Yuri E. Demidenko and Torsten Uthmeier. Kiik-Koba Grotto, Crimea: Crimea (Ukraine). Re-Analysis of a Key Site of the Crimean Micoquian. Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH – Rahden/Westf, pp. 161-165.


  • 2016. Khlopachev G.A. Upper Paleolithic. Images, symbols, signs. Catalog of small art objects from the archaeological collection of the MAE of RAS. St. Petersburg, 2016. In Russian
  • 2013. Epigravettian time on the territory of the Middle Dnieper region. Kiev: Vydavets Oleg Filyuk Publishing house. In Russian. Co-edited with D.V. Stupak


  • 2021. “Сabanes du type ‘anosov-mesinski’ du site de Yudinovo: elements de construction, caractéristique de creation, classification,” L`Antropology 125 (4).
  • 2020. “Study of the Composition of Pigments on the Surface of the Statuette from the Paleolithic Site of Kostenki 1 by Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy,” Optics and Spectroscopy, Vol. 128, no. 5, pp. 686-693. Co-authored with V.M.,Zolotarev.
  • 2019. “Paleolythic dwellings of Anosovka-Mezin type: construction features and the issue of interpretation,” Russian Archeology. no. 4, pp. 27 – 42. In Russian. Co-authored with K.N.Gavrilov.
  • 2019. “L’exploitation de la faune par les groupes humains du Pléniglaciaire supérieur à Eliseevichi 1 (Russie),” L'Anthropologie 123(2), p.345-402. Co-authored with Demay Laëtitia, Patou-Mathis Marylène, Sablin Mikhail V., C. Vercoutère.
  • 2018. “Experimental data on the splitting and knapping of mammoth tusks and reindeer antlers,” La fracturation des matières osseuses en Préhistoire : discus-sion autour d’une modalité d’exploitation en apparence simple et pourtant mal connue Actes de la séance de la Société préhistorique française de Paris (25 avril 2017). Société Préhistorique Française (Séances de la Société préhistorique française, 13), pp. 303-318.
  • 2018. “Les statuettes féminines en ivoire des faciès gravettiens et post-gravettiens en Europe centrale et orientale: modes de fabrication et de représentation "Objets d'ivoire - Archives de vie,” L'Anthropologie, 122 (3), pp. 492-521.
  • 2018. “Experience of reconstruction of the plan and some features of the structure of the Yudinovo Upper Paleolithic settlement,” Zapiski Instituta istorii material’noi kul’tury, no. 17, pp. 97–106. In Russian.
  • 2017. “New Data on the Age and Longevity of the Late Palaeolithic Site of Eliseevitchi 1” Stratum Plus,
  • no. 1, pp. 41-58. In Russian. Co-authored with Yu. N. Gribchenko, M. Kulkova, N. Sapelko.
  • 2015.From mammoth to fox: identification of Eliseevichi 1 within the occupations of the Desna valley,” Abstracts International Scientific Conference “Yuman & Landscape.” Geographical approach in the Prehistoric Archaeology. Kyev, pp. 42-44. Co-authored with L. Demay, M.Patou-Mathis, S. Pean, M. Sablin.
  • 2013. “Cultural and chronological attribution of the objects of mammoth ivory from spy cave: A look from Eastern Europe,” Anthropologica et Praehistorica 123(1), pp. 269-288
  • 2013. “Yudinovo Upper Palaeolithic site, chronology and stages of settling,” KISA, issue 227, pp.135-146. In Russian. Co-authored with Yu. N. Gribchenko.
  • 2008.Possible evidence of mammoth hunting during the Epigravettian at Yudinovo, Russian Plain,” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 27, 4: 475–492. Co-authored with M. Germonpré, M. Sablin, G. Grigorieva.
  • 2002. “Les techniques de débitage de l`ivoire dans les sites de la Plaine Russe au Paléolithique Supérieur (25000 – 13000 av. J.-C.),” Prehistoire Europeenne, Volumes16-17. Liege, pp..215–230.
  • 2002. The earliest Ice Age dogs: evidence from Eliseevichi 1,” Current Anthropology 43, 5, pp. 795-798.  Co-authored with M.V. Sablin.