Russia Creates First Digital Map of Archeological Sites

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Scientists working at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Archaeology have successfully developed and launched “Archeological Sites of Russia,” a geo-informational system that is the first of its kind in Russia, providing a national map of archeological sites and landmarks.

The system currently has over 15,000 locations in its database. The project was presented in the journal “Russian Archeology,” according to a statement issued by the Institute.

An archeological map of Russia has been regularly published since the late 1980s, covering the European part of the country. However, even the information that it does provide is often incomplete or vague, and lacks geographic data.

In 2014, a team led by Nikolai Makarov, director of the Institute of Archaeology, began work on a national digital archeological map powered by a single database.

The project’s database currently has data on 15,367 sites researched from 2009 to 2012 as well as 11,230 digs that failed to yield significant findings.

“This map is a unique tool that has allowed us for the first time to see Russia as a consolidated archeological effort and has showed us existing blank spots,” Makarov said.