Scientists Against Myths - 10
At the forum Scientists Against Myths - 10, Ivan Semyan discussed popular myths related to obsidian, as well as organized an experiment to test the striking ability of obsidian weapons.
Scientists Against Myths - 9
February 3, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Ivan Semyan spoke at the scientific forum "Scientists Against Myths - 9", where he spoke about the authenticity of feature films about the Stone Age. The forum came out great. The organizers again managed to gather interesting speakers, organize informative exhibitions, and create a comfortable and cozy atmosphere for communication.
The most interesting for the historical community were exhibitions on ethnography, anthropology and paleontology. Anthropologist Stanislav Drobyshevsky traditionally shared interesting facts about our ancient ancestors. Paleontologist Pavel Skuchas dispelled many myths about dinosaurs. The event was made by the descendant of the legendary Russian ethnographer and traveler and his full namesake Nikolai Nikolaevich Miklukho-Maklai, who appreciated our replicas of weapons of the Neolithic era. The forum’s traditional expert, archaeologist Alexander Konstantinovich, next invited Ivan to the Paleolithic Department of the Institute of Mineralogy Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he managed to interestingly discuss Stone Age technologies.
Ivan also visited the Arche cultural and educational center, where he gave a lecture on military affairs of the Bronze Age.
Scientists Against Myths - 3
More than 400 people gathered on January 29 in the center of the Northern capital to debunk pseudoscientific myths and misconceptions in the fields of history, anthropology, archeology, linguistics and medicine. The forum was organized by the Anthropogenesis.ru
project. Among the participants there was a delegate from Chelyabinsk - a young archaeologist, the head of the project of experimental archeology and living history "Archeos" Ivan Semyan, who spoke about pseudoscientific myths that arose around the world-famous Arkaim - the ancient city of the Middle Bronze Age III – II millennium BC . e.
Arkaim Flame 2019
The festival venue has unfolded behind the Stone Age Dwellings, which themselves are a vivid example of historical reconstruction and how it helps archaeologists restore the way of life of ancient people. All reconstructions at the festival were performed not only according to archaeological sources, but also in compliance with ancient technologies. All this made it possible to include the "Flame of Arkaim" in the calendar of the world association of experimental archeology EXARC, which means international recognition.
Before the eyes of the guests of the festival, the whole millennia-old history of the Steppe unfolded - from the Stone Age to archaeologists studying it. During a colorful historical show, the era replaced each other in front of the audience, and the past came to life under the shovel of archaeologists.
Walking around the festival venue it was possible to look at the costumes and life of ancient people, and learn more about the technologies of different eras, and even try to make a stone tool yourself, try your hand at rock art, shoot from a bow, make a pot. One of the most striking events was a glass bead workshop. Everyone could try to create a bead with their own hands in the same way as the nomads of the early Iron Age did, and make sure that this is quite real.
A Scythian smithy worked at the festival, forging of akinak and a bronze helmet was demonstrated. One could also observe the work of the Bronze Age metallurgical furnace, try to grind the grains with a stone grater, and, of course, take pictures in a magnificent reconstruction of the Arkaim chariot. And in the camp of Soviet archaeologists a special children's excavation was organized, where the smallest guests of the festival could unearth ancient ceramics and stone tools.
Also, everyone could try themselves in such competitions as log throwing, scandball, jumping on the shield and many others. The most powerful and agile received valuable prizes - cast replicas of jewelry from Sintashta culture.
Another highlight of the festival was an impromptu concert of ethnic music from a spontaneously gathered group of organizers and participants of the festival. They played so harmoniously and beautifully that the audience did not let them go for a long time, demanding continuation.
But sooner or later, it all ends, and the sounds of barrows and drums gave way to the clang of swords: the time has come for demonstrative battles among the nomads. This time, in addition to medieval battles, spectators could watch a vivid and spectacular battle of the Scythians on akinaki. But all the fights ended in a friendly embrace - because, as the host emphasized, the “Flame of Arkaim” festival is not only an opportunity to touch history, but also to meet old friends and find new ones.
In addition, spectators could watch archery competitions - from different distances and at speed, as well as a costume contest. Its participants not only demonstrated their costumes, but also told in detail on the basis of what exactly they reconstructed, what each detail of the costume means, what materials were used to create it. All costumes were evaluated by a competent jury consisting of archaeological scientists and representatives of the Ministry of Culture of the Chelyabinsk Region. The prize for the best suit - natural linen homespun fabric - was received by Yakov Vnukov, director of the Institute of Time, from Moscow, who presented the costume of meot - the Black Sea Scythian. Two other prizes - a Carolingian type sword for winning the Iron Age Warriors 'tournament and a bow replica from Hedeby for winning the archers' tournament, were taken by one person who won in both categories - Alexander Ovsyannikov, the head of the Ratny Vek club from Chelyabinsk.
As soon as the competition program was completed, and on the stage at the foot of Mount Shamanka, the concert of musician Türgen Kam began. Under the rapidly darkening steppe sky, voices of such musical instruments as Morin Khuur, Khomus, Topshulur, Hese and, of course, incredible bewitching throat singing sounded. “You are the best!” - the audience shouted to the musician from an excess of feelings. Such a warm welcome is not accidental: Tyugren Kam is always a welcome guest on Arkaim, he took part in many festivals and performed with concerts more than once.
The festival ended with the kindling of the flame of Arkaim at the central fire and a magnificent fire show. And each of the audience took away in his heart a piece of this flame: a bright and lively interest in history.