Leonid Teodorovich Yablonsky was born in Moscow in 1950. He earned his Ph.D. in historical sciences at the Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences. He studied historical sciences and physical anthropology at the Institute of Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences, and archaeology at Moscow State University. He has been chief of different archaeological expeditions in the Central Russia, North Caucasus, Low Volga, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and South Ural from 1963 to the present. His professional interests include the ancient nomads of the Eurasian steppes and semideserts, and he currently holds a position as chief of the Scytho-Sarmatian department at the Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He was a 2000–2001 Fulbright laureate.