Dr. Waters-Rist received not one but two grants for projects in the Lake Baikal Project. The first is funded by a small project grant from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung foundation, on a project entitled "The Osteoarchaeology of Pastoralism in Cis-Baikal, Russia (Southern Siberia)". Project leader Prof. Dr. Rob Losey of the University of Alberta, and co-applicants Dr. Tania Nomokonova and Dr. Kharinskii, will conduct osteological analysis, radiocarbon dating, and stable isotope analysis of human skeletal remains from early to late period pastoralists in the Cis-Baikal region of Southern Siberia. Dr. Waters-Rist will be heading-up the human osteological and stable isotope analyses of pastoralist skeletons.
The second grant she recieved is form the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Insight Development Grant for three years of research on a project entitled “Small Places of Large Importance: A Bioarchaeological Exploration of Small Prehistoric Mortuary Sites in the Lake Baikal Region of Siberia, Russia”. Project applicant Dr. Hugh McKenzie and co-applicants Drs. Angela Lieverse and Alexi Novikov, as well as several other collaborators, will investigate the nature of the small mortuary sites in the Baikal region to complement and extend their previous work on large sites, in order to improve our understanding of prehistoric Siberian lifeways. Dr. Waters-Rist will be conducting the stable isotope analyses and participating in dental anthropology research.
Rachel Schats received a grant from the Stichting Nederlands Museum voor Anthropologie en Praehistorie (SNMAP) to perform stable isotope research to study the differences between rural and urban diets in the Medieval period. Samples from the Alkmaar and Blokhuizen collections have been taken and will be analysed soon!