Alternative Archaeology and New Age Traditionalism in Contemporary Russia


  • Andrei Tiukhtiaev Independent researcher


New Age spirituality, traditionalism, alternative archaeology, sacred sites, cultural heritage, Caucasian dolmens


This article examines how esoteric traditionalism in contemporary Russia searches for legitimisation using alternative archaeology. Although New Age spirituality is often considered a private religion, some of its manifestations have a significant impact on the public sphere. The author demonstrates that the New Age in Russia contributes to redefining of categories of religion, science, and cultural heritage through the construction of sacred sites and discursive opposition to academic knowledge. The research is based on analysis of media products that present esoteric interpretations of archaeological sites in southern Russia and ethnographic data collected in a pilgrimage to the dolmens of the Krasnodar region.


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