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Spitsin, Aleksandr Andreyevich (1858-1931), a scientist

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Spitsin, Aleksandr Andreyevich (1858-1931), an archaeologist, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Scienses (1927). He graduated from the St. Petersburg University in 1882. From 1892 Spitsin worked at the Archaeology Committee (the Committee was reorganized in 1919, from this time he was the employee of the State Academy of the Material Culture History). A.A. Spitsin systematized, summarized and described antiquities of the East Europe of the Bronze and Iron Ages, the epoch of the Middle Ages. A.A. Spitsin gave descriptions of basic category of archaeological sites of the North-West including the modern Leningrad Oblast. He published materials of the St. Petersburg Gubernia Old Russian excavations made by L.K. Ivanovsky, V.N. Glazov, N.K. Roerich. Spitsin made the history reliable description of the Ladoga Lake region barrows excavated by N.E. Brandenburg. He determined the area, dating, ethnographical and cultural ascription of long barrows, mounds and zhalniks, started the discussion about the times of settling the North-West by Slavs. In 1899 Spitsin determined territories of Slav tribes according to spreading temporal rings of various types. Spitsin's numerous observations and conclusions has the importance in present days. In 1918 A.A. Spitsin was a professor of the Petrograd University; from 1909 to 1928 he gave the course of lectures on the Russian archaeology.

Plotkin, Konstantin Moiseyevich

Brandenburg, Nikolay Yefimovich
Glazov, Vladimir Nilovich
Ivanovsky, Lev Konstantinovich
Roerich, Nikolay Konstantinovich
Spitsyn, Aleksandr Andreyevich

Формозов А.А. К биографии А.А. Спицына // Советская археология. 1987. № 2., С.262-264
Лебедев Г.С. История отечественной археологии. 1700-1917 гг. СПб. 1992., С.247-252

Subject Index
Culture of Mounds
Kurgans (barrows) of the southern Ladoga Lake region.
Old Russian Kurgans (barrows)
The Culture of long burial mounds (barrows)
Zhalniks (sepulcrums).