Vyacheslav I. Molodin is Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University. He received a first PhD from the Siberian Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk in 1975 and a second from the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1983 where he became member of the presidium in 1997. In 1999 he was appointed coordinator of an international research project in cooperation with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. His research interests comprise archaeology and ancient history as well as primitive art, culture, ethnogenesis and the Early Iron Age population of Siberia. At Topoi he carries out his research within the research project (B-2-4) Scythian Tombs by investigating the great Kurgans of the early Sargat culture in the forest steppe belt of western Sibiria.