Eurasian Studies Research and Education Centre

South Ural State University
Office 403, Main University Building
76, Prospect Lenina
Tel: + 7 351 267 91 45
E-mail: tairovad[at]susu[dot]ru

Director of the Research and Education Centre

Aleksandr Tairov



The Eurasian Studies Research and Education Centre was established in 2014 to conduct interdisciplinary research on human evolution on the territory of Central Eurasia from ancient times to contemporary history. The centre is involved in the following activities:

  • conducting research projects in the fields of history, archaeology, and ethnology;
  • preserving historical monuments;
  • academic support;
  • organising archaeological field training for students. 

Research Areas:

  • archaeology of the Eurasian steppes;
  • social archaeology;
  • geoarchaeology;
  • ethnic history.

The researchers explore the concept of culture genesis, engage in historical reconstruction and the preservation of cultural heritage. The main feature of any research conducted at the centre is its multidisciplinary nature, from field research to computer modelling of historical processes.

The Eurasian Studies Research and Education Centre collaborates with the leading Russian and international specialists and boasts state-of-the-art equipment for extensive and ground-breaking research.


  • In collaboration with the international colleagues, the research team discovered ancient HBV genomes aged between 0.8 and 4.5 thousand years old, which proves that the origins of the disease go back to as early as the Bronze Age. The archaeological finds became part of the global project on the analysis of ancient genomes in locations from Mongolia to Europe to predict the spread of the disease and its behaviour in the future. The results were published in Nature, May 2018 (Ancient Hepatitis B Viruses from the Bronze Age to the Medieval Period).
  • The research team carried out a project on the development of technology and natural resource management from ancient times to early modern history (2014-2016).
  • Project on the use of natural resources (historical perspective) carried out  (2012-2013).
  • Currently, the Eurasian Studies Research and Education Centre is working on the “Cultural Boundaries: Southern Urals from Ancient Times to Early Modern History” project.



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