Archaeological Commission

Archaeological Commission

 

an organizational and scientific center of Russian prerevolutionary archaeology. Located in St. Petersburg, it was founded in 1859. Its chairmen were S. G. Stroganov, A. A. Vasil’chikov, and A. A. Bobrinskii. In 1889 the Archaeological Commission was granted exclusive rights for approving and supervising excavations on state municipal and peasant lands. The commission conducted work in the preservation and restoration of ancient monumental remains. It published the annual journals Otchety from 1859 to 1913/15 (1862–1918) and Izvestiia from 1901 to 1918. The commission also issued Materialy po arkheologii Rossii (37 vols., 1866–1918) and separate high-quality publications. In 1919 the Archaeological Commission was disbanded, and the functions of a coordinating center of Soviet archaeology were entrusted to the newly organized Russian Academy of the History of Material Culture in Petrograd.

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Spitsyn, being a prominent member of the Archaeological Commission and Slavonic-Russian department of the Russian Archaeological Society, successfully sustained and fostered close contacts between the university and these archaeological institutions.
Veselovsky, at that time Associate Professor at the Oriental History Department, went on an expedition to Central Asia on an assignment of the Archaeological Commission.
The foundation of this system was laid on 18 April 1919, when Lenin signed a decree establishing the Russian Academy for the History of Material Culture (RAIMK) in place of the Imperial Archaeological Commission.

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