Ayrat Sitdikov - Corresponding Member of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Director of the Institute of Archaeology named after A.Kh. Khalikov, specialist in medieval archaeology of the Volga region and Kazan archaeology.
Candidate’s Thesis – Stratigraphy, chronology and topography of Kazan Kremlin in 11th – 18th centuries (2001);
Doctoral Thesis – Medieval Kazan: Historical and Cultural Research (11th – first half of 16th centuries (2013).
Ayrat Sitdikov was the first to summarize the materials on historical and cultural research of Kazan in their entirety. He supplemented and revised (in collaboration with T.A. Khlebnikova and F.Sh. Khuzin) the stratigraphic scale of the cultural layer of Kazan Kremlin and the cultural strata in the historical part of Kazan on the basis of research work by A. Kh. Khalikov, conducted an archaeological, historical and architectural analysis of the remains of monumental structures in Kazan Kremlin, and established a methodological background for this field of research.
He is the author of over 120 publications.