Edmund Carpenter conducting field work, Zhokhov Island, Siberia, c. 2003; photos by Adelaide de Menil.
Carpenter continued researching Arctic archeology in Siberia as a participant in a collaborative project initiated in the 1990s between Russian scientists from the Institute for the History of Material Culture and archeologists from the Smithsonian Institution. The work was done at Zhokhov Island, a far north Mesolithic site found in the Russian Arctic, dated 6000 B.C.E. and situated 76 degrees North Latitude; and at Yana RHS, the earliest site to trace Paleolithic human activity in the Arctic, dated 25,000 B.C.E. and situated 71 degrees North Latitude. Carpenter and de Menil continued traveling to Siberia each year to actively participate in the fieldwork there up until 2004.