Education: Studied Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology in Tashkent State University, Faculty of History (1969); сompleted his postgraduate course at North-Ossetia Research Institute of History, Philology and Economics (1975).

Mentor: M.E. Masson.

PhD: Problems of Chronology of Early Medieval Monuments in the North Caucasus (1977). Academic Supervisor V.A. Kuznetsov.

Doctoral Thesis (The Higher Doctorate): The Don Alans (Social structures of Alan-Asso-Burtas population of the Middle Don basin) (1991).

Key research interests: Problems of chronology of early medieval antiquities of Eastern Europe; Social structure of Alan-Asso-Burtas tribes; Aerospace probing of archaeological sites; Multidimensional statistics in archaeology; Modelling bioproductivity of potential economic zones of early medieval settlements of Eastern Europe; Architecture of Byzantine fortifications.

Archaeological Field Excavations in different regions of the Soviet Union; Head of several expeditions; Deputy Head of the joint USSR-Bulgaria-Hungary Expedition funded by the USSR Academy of Sciences (1977–1982).


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