December 22, 2017, the Sakhalin Regional Museum signed an Agreement on the Development of Russian-Japanese Scientific Cooperation between the Sakhalin Regional Museum and the Hakodate College of the National Institute of Technology of Japan. The aim of the cooperation is to conduct joint research of archaeological and ethnographic materials in the Sakhalin region from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
Joint work is planned in the following areas: the study and scientific analysis of glass, metal and clay antiquities, obtained from the archaeological sites of the Sakhalin region; the study of ethnographic materials and photographs reflecting various aspects of the life of the indigenous peoples of the Sakhalin region. It is planned to exchange scientific information, publications and other materials, exchange scientists to conduct joint research, joint publication of the results of the studies.
A group of Japanese specialists led by Vice President of the College of Hakodate, Professor Kazyuki Nakamura arrived in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to work with objects and collections from the Museum’s repositories. With the help of special technical equipment, the scientists plan to investigate the chemical composition and manufacturing peculiarities of glass beads and metal ornaments used by the Sakhalin Ainu and Nivkh throughout the centuries until the beginning of the 20th century. In the future, the results of these studies will help to trace the sources of origin glass and metal products and how they were brought to the island, the trade and cultural ties of the peoples of the Russian Far East, their interaction and mutual influence.
O.A. Shubina, Head of the Department of Archeology