Sevastopol State University Will Participate in an Archaeological Expedition to an Island in the Indian Ocean for the First Time


In 2022 scientists at Sevastopol State University will take part in an archaeological expedition to Socotra Island (Yemen) for the first time, Dmitry Tatarkov, Vice-Rector for International Affairs at Sevastopol State University, told TASS.

“We plan to become co-organizers of expeditions in Sudan and Egypt in 2022 - now our employees and master’s students are participating in the expedition of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in these countries. In addition, an expedition to Yemen is planned for the first time”, he said.

He specified that the university intends to finance the expedition within the framework of a grant received by Sevastopol State University under the Priority-2030 programme, aimed at increasing Russia's competitiveness in the field of education, science and technology. In addition, the university counts on the organizational support of the federal authorities in organizing foreign expeditions.

The website of the Institute of Oriental Studies reports that research on Socotra has been conducted since 1983. The expedition is of a complex nature: archaeological, linguistic, ethnographic and folkloristic research is carried out. Archaeologists are studying the remains of ancient settlements and other objects that date back to different periods starting from the Stone Age. The research programme is specially formed for each year of work in Socotra.

According to the university, scientists and students at Sevastopol State University are already actively participating in expeditions on the territory of Sevastopol, Crimea and other regions of the country, as well as abroad. The University, together with the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, organizes research in Abkhazia and Syria.