A generous Research Materials Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2007–2009) has made the completion of this project possible. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The University of Oregon has generously supported many years of fieldwork in the Altai Mountains through the Maude I. Kerns Bequest in the Department of Art History. Through the same fund, the University also supported the early development of mapping in the Department of Geography’s InfoGraphics Lab. In the early years of our documentation of petroglyphs, we benefited from logistic and research support from the Institutes of History and Archaeology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia); and from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk, Russia). We are grateful for an Otto Geppert Fund General Research Grant from the Association of American Geographers and for support from a number of private individuals. We are, also, indebted to Tom Patterson, U.S. National Park Service cartographer, for the use of the beautiful Natural Earth base map image of Asia.
The work for this project would not have been possible without the support of many colleagues in the United States, Europe, and Mongolia. Some of their names are listed in the Project Overview. During the period of our work on petroglyphic sites, we benefited from collaboration with Damdinsurenjin Tseveendorj, Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences (Ulaanbaatar) and Vladimir D. Kubarev, Senior Researcher, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk). Our fieldwork in that period and subsequently was supported by a number of Mongolian, Russian, and American assistants. Our understanding of the archaeology we have been documenting has been greatly expanded by the research of many Russian, Mongolian, European, and American scholars, both past and present. We have received considerable encouragement from UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre through the efforts of Junhi Han, who has worked for many years to develop trans-boundary protective status for the high Altai and its cultural heritage. We also wish to acknowledge the support offered by Henri-Paul Francfort (Paris, France), Jacob Abramovich Sher (Kemerovo, Russia), and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their support for the publication of the great petroglyph sites of Tsagaan Salaa/Baga Oigor and the Upper Tsagaan Gol (Shiveet Khairkhan). Perhaps the most fundamental support this project has received is from our many Kazakh and Tuvan friends in Bayan Ölgiy. They have generously shared their intimate knowledge of the Altai Region with us and have offered us so much hospitality over our years of fieldwork. We are deeply grateful to these friends; without their support this project would not have been possible.