he event was attended by Chairman of the Russian Historical Society Sergey Naryshkin, head of the Federal Communications Agency Oleg Dukhovnitsky, director of the Institute of Archaeology, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Nikolai Makarov and deputy minister of culture of the Russian Federation Nikolai Ovsienko.
In 1919, the Russian Academy of the History of Material Culture was founded to study archaeology and material monuments of antiquity. Later, the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow and the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg were formed on its basis. The main activities are the study of archaeology and history of Ancient Russia and the stone age of Eurasia; study of early agricultural cultures and urban civilizations of Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle and Near East; analysis of Greek-barbarian contacts in the Northern Black Sea region; study of the interaction of tribes and peoples in Eastern Europe and the Baltic region. Currently, Moscow and St. Petersburg institutes cooperate with many archaeological institutions in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Poland, the USA, Finland, France and Sweden. For 100 years, Russian archaeologists have made a tremendous contribution to the enrichment of world humanitarian knowledge and the reconstruction of a holistic picture of the past, which contributes to the formation of a more complete and in-depth scientific understanding of various aspects of the cultural history of mankind.
The Federal Communications Agency together with the JSC “Marka” annually produces various philatelic products dedicated to the historical discoveries and property of Russia. Each of the cancelled stamps today is dedicated to unique archaeological finds. “Thanks to such issues of state signs of postage, we draw the attention of the inhabitants of our country and the whole world to the historical and cultural values of Russia. I’m sure that these postal miniatures will be a unique gift for residents and visitors of Russia”, said the head of Rossvyaz.