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Field works.

The expedition is provided with necessary equipment for realization of the complex of works in the field conditions. In case of discovery of the grave of the participants of the Lassenius detachment all necessary works to determine the reasons of their death, including radiography, would be carried out on the spot.

For the first time scientists would use the method of reconstruction of the lifetime portraits of the dead sailors by their sculls in the field conditions. An expert will put photographs of skulls in a computer, which, with the help of the unique program, will make a three-dimensional portraits of a photographic quality. All finds of domestic objects of that historical period (parts of clothes, footwear, knifes, bullets and etc.) after conservation at the laboratory of the Archaeological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, would be passed to the museums of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

Scientific program.

Archaeological part
(Scientific leader V.F.Starkov, Ph.D.History, professor).

Objectives:

  1. Research of the territory of the mouth of the Khara-Ulakh River, correlation of the locality with the chart.
  2. Search of the traces of buildings of 1735: foundations of the two houses, remains of the lighthouse (9-metre pole, edged by stones).
  3. Excavations of buildings, extractions of the objects of everyday life of the expedition's participants from permafrost.
  4. Search and cleaning of the burial place.
  5. Conservation of discovered items and preparation for long-term preservation.

Investigation methods:

A search of buildings is carried out on the basis of visual observations, and also a correlation to the vicinity, indicated in the log of the Lassenius detachment.

The burial place of the participants of the expedition would be determined by selection of soil samples and discovery of places with the increased concentration of phosphates (this method was tested in 1991 at the Commander Islands in the process of search of the grave of Vitus Bering).

Forensic and Anthropological Research
(the leader Professor V.N.Zvyagin, Ph.D. Medicine)
is carried out in case of discovery of burial places.

Objectives:

  1. Ascertainment of the cause of death; clarification of the main and concomitant illnesses.
  2. Reconstruction of the lifetime portrait of the lost sailors (by sculptural and computer graphic methods).

Investigation methods:

Radiography. Complete sectional study of the remains. Medico-anthropological studies of the formal identification signs of head and body, video- and photo-shootings, making gypsum masks from the preliminary "animated" faces.

Stages of investigation

Field works:

  • freezing of dead bodies;
  • Radiography of remains;
  • Sectional study;
  • Medical-anthropological investigation.

Laboratory works:

  • histological, bacteriological and virological, serological, chemical-toxicological and spectral studies of the remains;
  • studies of the main group and individual characteristics of a personality;
  • portrait reconstruction

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