Speakers

These awesome speakers are leading historians, philosophers and heritage scientists and donating their time and expertise to raise funds for Ukrainian humanitarian relief.  Donate to our GoFundMe page, with all funds being passed to provide the fastest digitization of endangered Ukrainian cultural heritage.

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Mykhailo Videiko

Rediscovery of Trypillia culture

Ten years ago, it seemed that everything in the Trypillia culture had already been discovered for a long time. After that, ancient temples, fortified settlements, pottery kilns were found. Research using the methods of natural sciences has provided unique information about the genetics of the ancient population, its food and the technologies of those times. Together, this changes the perception of the ancient history of Europe and the world.

Bio: Head of the Department of Archeology and Ancient History at Kyiv Borys Grinchenko University. Fifty years in archaeology. Seventy-four expeditions on the territory of Ukraine. Participant of projects on magnetic surveying of settlements of Trypilian culture. Leader of excavations of the largest settlements of Trypilians near Maidanetskyi and Nebelivka. 2012 – research of the largest temple of Trypilians in Nebelivka. Participant of joint international research projects with universities in Great Britain, Germany, and Poland. Museum and exhibition projects in Ukraine and abroad. Author of more than 30 books on the ancient history and archeology of Ukraine.

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Katarzyna Inga Michalak

Spatial patterns around LBK houses. Case studies from two sites in Little Poland.

The social and spatial organization of LBK settlements is still under discussion. In this talk, I will present the preliminary results of research into activity zones around LBK longhouses, based on relations between features whose function is unambiguously associated with everyday household activities (e.g., hearths) and the structure of refuse in these features.

Bio: I am a Managing Editor of the journal Open Archaeology. As an archaeologist, I am mostly interested in Neolithic pottery. I am a team member in two research projects called "'Sickle man" graves and their role in building a new identity after the decline of the first farming communities in Lesser Poland at the turn of the sixth and the fifth millennium BC" and "The Neolithic roundel at Nowe Objezierze. Social and cosmological aspects of cultural change at the end of the sixth and beginning of the fifth millenium BC", funded by NCN, Poland.

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Jan Turek

The Trypillia megasites in the context of contemporary European monuments

Six thousand years ago, one of the oldest civilisations of prehistoric Europe was established in the area between the Dniester and the Dnieper. Today we are uncovering the remains of huge agglomerations of Neolithic farmers of the Trypillia culture. But were these megasites really permanently inhabited? In this paper, I emphasize the cultic and social significance of these sites as places of pilgrimage, which were possibly only used in their full capacity during religious festivals. In this respect, the Trypillia megasites could be placed in the context of ceremonial enclosures such as causewayed enclosures of Central and Western Europe.

Bio: Czech archaeologist (Center for Theoretical Study, Joint Research Institute of Charles University & the Czech Academy of Sciences). Studied in Prague, Bratislava (Czechoslovakia) and Sheffield (UK). Since 1993 he organized several research and field projects, published several books and numerous academic papers. Since 1998 he lectured Prehistoric Archaeology and Archaeological Theory in Pilsen, Prague, Hradec Kálové (CZ), Sheffield and Cambridge (UK). In 2007 was awarded the Ian Potter Research Fellowship at the Flinders University, Adelaide (South Australia). He is specialist in the Neolithic and Chalcolithic Period of Europe, especially in regards to the reconstruction of social and gender structure and symbolic systems of prehistoric communities. This includes an interest in continuity and change in funerary practices, settlement pattern and artefacts. 2013-2020 Editor-in-Chief of Archaeologies, Journal of the World Archaeological Congress (ISSN 1555-8622).

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Hanna Rudyk

Ukraine's heritage: the Khanenkos' collection and the first museums in Kyiv

A brief introduction to the history of Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko, leading Ukrainian collectors, philanthropists and museum founders of the late 19th – early 20th centuries. The Khanenkos’ universal collection of art and antiquities laid foundation of the first public museums in Kyiv. Focus is made on the national Khanenko Museum, keeping Ukraine’s richest collection of world arts.

Bio: Hanna Rudyk is a Ukrainian museum curator and educator. At the Khanenko museum Rudyk did research and curated public projects on the Islamic art collection and the museum’s history. Since April 2022 lives with her kids in Germany working on decolonization of museums research project in collaboration with Technische Universität Berlin.

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Dr. Iryna Chechulina

Olbia Pontica as an important trade center on the way from Attica to Northern Black Sea region and the role of the tableware in the whole trade system

Trade has played a significant role in the history of the Northern Black Sea Coast since the establishment of the first Hellenic colonies on the Black Sea coast. Olbia Pontica was located at the intersection of land and sea trade routes, so its port was a principal strategic object of the Black Sea region, as well as the destination of a significant volume of imported goods. Tableware, in all techniques, was part of the big cargo supplied to the North Black Sea market during all periods of time. Attic black-glazed pottery, as one of the most mass materials in Olbia, without any doubts, was one of the most important groups of the pottery which were transported to the region. Thus, in these terms, attic black-glazed ware played an essential role in study of trade and economic relations of Olbia and Borisfen with Attica.

Bio: Iryna Chechulina currently is working as researcher at the Department of Antique Archaeology in Institute of Archaeology National Academy of Science of Ukraine. Recently she defended her thesis in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and received degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Main subject of scientific work was range of problems, connected with ancient Greek pottery (attic black-glazed ware), technology of its production, ancient economy and experimental archaeology. More than that in general she is specialized on classical archaeology, filed work and has experience in maritime archaeology.

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Pavlo Shydlovskyi

Rhythm in the life of mammoth hunters

Art objects, mammoth bone architecture, spatial organization of settlements’ features, and location of the settlements themselves testify to the important role of rhythm and iteration in the structuring of space by the Upper Palaeolithic inhabitants of the Middle Dnieper region.

 

Human modeling activity and rhythm of economic life is reflected in the spatial distribution of objects and sectoral use of space in dwellings, on the area of settlements, at the level of a microregion.

Bio: Pavlo Shydlovskyi is an associate professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and head of the Middle Dnieper expedition of the Department of Archaeology and Museology. He is researching the Stone Age sites, among which the Mezhyrich settlement of mammoth hunters is of particular interest. The founder of the scientific NGO Center for Paleoethnological Research and VITA ANTIQUA Publishing.

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Mykhailo Minakov

A Century of Ukraine's Political System

If one can put away the mystique of statehood, she'd see the continuity of the development of the political system, its institutes, and their correlation. I plan to address the issue of how political institutes developed in Ukraine from the outset in 1917/18 through the contemporary moment. 

Bio: Mykhailo Minakov is a senior advisor at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute and a philosopher and a scholar working in the areas of political philosophy, social theory, development, and history of modernity. He is also the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Ideology and Politics Journal, of the Kennan Focus Ukraine blog, and of the philosophical web portal Koinè. Minakov is the author of six books, co-author of five books, and of numerous articles in philosophy, political analysis, and history. Mikhail has over twenty years of experience in research and teaching in the universities of Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and United States.

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Vesta Malolitneva

Legal and organizational aspects of using the aerospace survey for the research and protection of the archaeological heritage of Ukraine: main results of the scientific project and prospects for the future

We will show the main results of the project ‘Legal and Organizational Aspects of Using the Aerospace Survey for the Research and Protection of the Archaeological Heritage of Ukraine’ which was implemented by a group of young scholars based on the grant of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. We want to demonstrate the role of remote sensing in the protection of archaeological heritage in Ukraine based on the results of practical monitoring work using aerospace survey (satellite imageries and aerial photographs), which provided: 1) fixing the state of preservation of the national objects of archeological heritage; 2) research of the erosion zones of the Dnieper reservoirs. Based on the interdisciplinary approach to our research we will provide our recommendations on how to improve the monitoring of archaeological heritage and its legal regulation.

Bio: Vesta Malolitneva is a senior researcher at the V. Mamutov Institute of Economic and Legal Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. She was the project manager and the team member of the project ‘Legal and Organizational Aspects of Using the Aerospace Survey for the Research and Protection of the Archaeological Heritage of Ukraine’. As a lawyer she took part in the elaboration of recommendations for the improvement of legal framework for using aerospace survey for archaeological heritage protection. Her research mainly focused on the legal aspects of public procurement of remote sensing data and using these data as the evidence for archaeological heritage protection in domestic judicial procedure).

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Dmytro Kiosak

Indigenous foragers ancestry in European Neolithic: confronting west and east

Over nine thousands years ago Europe was a great forest divided in patches only by rivers. It was settled by foragers: mobile people making their libing from fishing, hunting and gathering. Since then, the first farmers came from the Near East repopulating the continent and turning it into fields and pastures. Were the locals swept out? Had they a chance to leave their ancestry in the newly formed societies of “New Stone Age” – Neolithic?

 

The answer would vary notably depending on the region of Europe and the type of proxy chosen to search for a reply. I will try to search for feeble traces of our foraging ancestors among artefacts of the Neolithic period.

Bio: Dmytro Kiosak is a Ukrainian archaeologists based in the Odessa I.I. Mechnikov University and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. My research interests are in the field of Stone Age archaeology and digitization of rock-art instances. I worked as a director of archaeological excavations for ten years, mainly on Neolithic sites of Ukraine and Moldova, studying peculiarities of the Neolithization process in the landscapes of the Eastern European Steppe.

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Mgr. Jana Maříková-Kubková, Ph.D.

Archaeological areas of Prague Castle as part of the architecture and the national cultural identity in the post-war periods

The archaeological areas of Prague Castle were created in the 20th century in two main phases, in the 20th and 50s-60s. They are directly related to the creation of the cultural identity of the new Czechoslovakia and Czechoslovakia after World War II. Therefore, their research not only brings new information for their permanent sustainability, but they are also a kind of mirror in which we can see who, when, how and why interpreted the oldest Czech history.

Bio:  Head of Medieval Archaeology Department of Institute of Archaeology of Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Studied classical archeology and art history in Prague, Brno and Paris, she specializes in medieval architecture, Prague Castle and the history of archaeology. Her most important works include the monograph „The Cathedral Visible and Invisible“ or the international exhibition „Legacy of Charlemagne“

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Marko Robert Stech

A Wellspring of Paleolithic Art and Culture: The Mizyn Archeological Site in Ukraine

Some 18,000 years ago, the area of Mizyn (in northeastern Ukraine) was one of the richest centres of prehistoric art and culture in Europe. Based on the artefacts found there, Joseph Campbell “designated Ukraine” as the “mythogenetic zone” of the “mythology of naked goddess” of Europe and Asia. Mizyn’s unique artefacts include masterful figurative sculpture, sophisticated ornamentation, mammoth-bone architecture, and some of the world’s oldest musical instruments.

Bio: Marko Robert Stech is a writer, literary scholar, and specialist in the history of Ukrainian culture. Based at the University of Toronto, Canada, he is Director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press and CIUS Scholarly Publications (including the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine). He is the author of award-winning novels and producer of a Ukrainian-language TV series «Очима культури».

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Oksana Lifantii 

Phenomenon of the Scythian "golden people" in Ukraine

Oksana is a Ukrainian archaeologist, researcher of Scythian culture and museum curator. She will talk about the not well-known phenomenon of Scythian “golden people” in Ukraine. Since the 18th century, there were many finds from Scythian elite tombs made on the territory of modern Ukraine. However, mostly they were presented in the literature of 19 and 20th centuries as the Russian heritage. 

Bio: Dr Lifantii will concentrate her speech on the analysis of Scythian costumes and their gold decor from elite kurgans. She will talk about the probable origin of this unusual tradition – ornate clothes with sheet gold appliques – that existed during all of Scythian history, from the 7th until the edge of the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE. 

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Łukasz Połczyński

What can textile seals tell us about early-modern trading routes? A case study from Gdańsk, Poland.

Gdańsk (formerly Danzig) was the most important commercial centre on the Baltic Sea in the 17th century. Almost all exported and imported goods of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth passed through the port. The main imported goods were various kinds of textiles. During the presentation, I will use the so-called small finds, in this case – cloth seals, to investigate long-distance trading routes.

Bio: Polish Archaeologist and experienced field researcher. He has two areas of scientific interest 1) European Neolithic, mainly pottery, and 2) early-modern cloth seals. He recently launched a YouTube vlog dedicated to the popularisation of archaeology.

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Marta Andriiovych

The Burial Traditions of the Neolithic society in the Middle and Low Dnieper Region: The cemeteries of Mariupol Type

In my talk, I would like to introduce you to the unique assemblage of the Neolithic cemeteries known as the cemeteries of the Mariupol Type. In the Middle and Low Dnieper region, 18 big Neolithic cemeteries were opened during the XX century. Cemeteries had from 15 to 177 skeletons, which were lazing in collective graves with similar rituals, and were colored with the red ocher. What has united these cemeteries into one type and why cemeteries had similar funeral rituals? Who were these people? How was the ritual developed thought the time?

Bio: Dr. Marta Andriiovych is a researcher from the Institute for Archaeological Sciences, University of Bern. Marta is the holder of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (2018-2022). 24 February 2022 she defended her PhD thesis at the University of Bern. The focus of her studies is the investigation of the spreading and development of Neolithic ceramics, and the migrations and cross-influences of the Neolithic population.

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Oleh Yatsuk

Following the recipes: Glass technology and trade in the Iron Age Mediterranean

Chemical analyses of archaeological materials reveal trade secrets of the ancient craftsmen. Glass chemistry can make archaeological insight so much deeper using analytical tools.We are going to break down the process of glass making from the selection of raw materials to the glass recycling and see how knowledge of specific glass’ composition can contribute to answering archaeological questions.

Bio: Oleh Yatsuk is a PhD candidate in the University of Turin (Italy). He has a bachelor degree in history and master’s one in archaeological materials science. His research is focused on the Iron Age glass technology and provenance. Currently he is working on the project dedicated to the chemical analyses of the glass beads from Central Italy.

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Sonja Kačar

Prehistory of Northern Dalmatia and work of Šibenik city Museum during the Croatian war of Independence (1991-1995) and post- war period (1995-2022

Prehistory of Northern Dalmatia and work of Šibenik city Museum during the Croatian war of Independence (1991-1995) and post- war period (1995-2022

Bio: Sonja Kačar is currently an IRC Postdoctoral fellow at University College Dublin and research associate at the Šibenik City Museum (Croatia).
She specializes in lithic analysis and her research interests cover Mediterranean and European prehistory, with a focus on the last hunter-gatherers and the first farmers of the Adriatic.

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Dmytro Nykonenko

Scythians of Khortytsia Island

The well-known Scythian culture of the early Iron Age is a vivid phenomenon of Ukrainian archaeology. Scythian sites cover thousands of kilometers in Eurasian Steppe, but the final stage of Scythian's existence took place precisely on the territory of Northern Black Sea region. A fascinating element of this history is the artifacts from the Khortytsia island — the largest river island of Ukraine.

Bio: Dmytro Nykonenko is an archaeologist from Zaporizhzhia. He works in the Khortytsia National Reserve, leads the NGO "Scientific Research Laboratory "Archaїс" and is engaged in research and protection of archaeological monuments in southern Ukraine. He is interested in nomadic civilizations of early Iron age, Late Scythian sites, Greek and barbaric relations and interactions. He led an international archaeological excavation team to investigate the Late Scythian sites of the Lower Dnieper, which are currently located in the temporarily occupied territory. He also deals with photogrammetry and 3D modeling in archeology and rock art science.

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Gennadii Kazakevych

Where the Gauls and Scythians Meet and Mingle”: the La Tène culture in the territory of Ukraine

“Where the Gauls and Scythians Meet and Mingle”: the La Tène culture in the territory of Ukraine

Bio: Dr. Gennadii Kazakevych is a Professor at the Art history department of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and research fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Vienna). His research interests focus on the history and archaeology of the Iron Age Celts in the Eastern Europe, political and cultural relations between Ukraine and Ireland, cultural identities and visual media.

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Marta Estanquiero

Archaeological site detection using multispectral data

Remote sensing is a powerful tool to obtain information about the Earth's surface at a global and local scale. Datasets regarding the atmosphere, climate, land, vegetation, water, and pollution can now be easily accessed by users of various backgrounds. One of the applications of remote sensing techniques has been the identification of archaeological sites. This presentation will focus on the discovery of new settlements through the use of multispectral data (Sentinel-2).

Bio: Marta Estanqueiro is a Portuguese archaeologist and a PhD candidate at University College Dublin (School of Archaeology).

Her research focuses on Late Bronze Age settlement patterns, Late Holocene climate change, and the application of statistics, GIS and satellite data to archaeology.

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Bianca Preda-Bălănică

Archaeological excavations of the YMPACT Project in Southeastern Europe

Starting from 2019 The Yamnaya Impact on Prehistoric Europe (YMPACT) ERC Advanced Project based at the University of Helsinki has been investigating the impact of steppe societies on the western end of the Great Eurasian Steppe during the first half of the 3rd millennium BC. As part of the project, archaeological excavations have been conducted so far in two Early Bronze Age burial mounds, in 2019 in Boldești-Grădiștea, Prahova County, Romania, and 2021 in Mogila, Yambol Province, in Bulgaria. This presentation aims to share with the scientific community the preliminary results of the project excavations and to explore future research directions.

Bio: Bianca Preda-Bălănică is a Romanian archaeologist studying Yamnaya burials in south-eastern Europe. In 2019 she became a post-doctoral researcher in the Yamnaya Impact on Prehistoric Europe (YMPACT) ERC project, researching the funerary archaeology, burials customs, and material culture of the Yamnaya and their interactions with local societies, taking part in the project’s excavations in Romania and Bulgaria in 2019 and 2021.

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Mykyta Ivanov

Early metallurgy of Ukraine: globalism vs localism 

Reconstruction of long-distance exchange networks of metallurgical raw materials is a common theme in world archaeology. For some regions, a complete dependency on imported metals is postulated for some regions.

The same notion used to be made about Ukraine as well. Nevertheless, new data collected after the 1990s allow suggesting the existence of independent metallurgical production in Volhynia, Central Ukraine and Donbas. 

Bio: Mykyta Ivanov, PhD candidate from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla academy. The sphere of interest covers Tripoliye culture, Early Bronze Age kurgan cultures, interactions between agricultural and pastoral societies, and the history of the earliest metallurgy in Eastern Europe. Took part in the excavations of Tripoliye sites Nebelivka and Stolniceni as well Bronze age kurgans of Central Ukraine. 

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Pavlo Shydlovskyi

Archaeological Landscapes in Ukraine damaged by the War: challenges and solutions

The consequences of hostilities are particularly devastating for archaeological sites, given the non-restorability of archaeological layers, the inextricable connection of sites with the landscape and ecological environment, and the universal nature of the information that can be obtained during research. Archaeological sites exist in an "unmanifested state" and the discovery of them is often related to catastrophic events, and in this case – the destruction of landscapes because of military operations. Direct conducting of hostilities, the movement of soil during the construction of fortifications, damage due to rocket fire and bombing affects the state of sites’ preservation. The most significant, dominant formations of the historical landscape suffer the greatest damage due to the active use of convenient locations for the construction of modern fire and defense positions. The question of monitoring the state of archaeological landscapes in the liberated territories requires significant organizational and legal foundations.

Bio: Pavlo Shydlovskyi is an associate professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and head of the Middle Dnieper expedition of the Department of Archaeology and Museology. He is researching the Stone Age sites, among which the Mezhyrich settlement of mammoth hunters is of particular interest. The founder of the scientific NGO Center for Paleoethnological Research and VITA ANTIQUA Publishing.

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Astrid Johanne Nyland

Encountering monsters in the Mesolithic

In this talk, I apply Monster as method to highlight the Norwegian Mesolithic communities’ encounter with the Storegga tsunami around 6200 BC. I argue that by exploring the social impact of the prehistoric tsunami through the concept of monsters, might help recognize and understand aspects of Mesolithic societies that till now have been less considered. 

Bio: I am an associate professor and Stone Age archaeologist at the Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger, Norway. I am currently PI for a large research project called Life after the Storegga Tsunami (LAST) funded by the Norwegian Research council along side taking part in the planning of archaeological excavations in my department of Cultural Heritage Management.

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Simon Radchenko

Lessons taken from pre-Historic art of Ukraine

Kamyana Mohyla (stone grave) is the largest rock art complex in Ukraine and a remarkable archaeological site. Due to its location, it reveals a fascinating hidden history of both Europe and Asia.

We can view it almost as a graphic novel, and the lessons learned from it are as relevant today as they were millennia ago. The site deserves to be studied and appreciated in depth, especially as it’s now an endangered monument.

Bio: Simon Radchenko is a scholar from Kyiv, Ukraine. His research mainly focuses on the pre-Historic art of Ukraine, contemporary literature and philosophy. He is dealing with the application of digital technologies and the advances of the modern humanities to Ukrainian cultural heritage.