Department of Ancient History of Ukraine and Archival Studies

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our university was the first Ukraine to begin teaching special and auxiliary historical disciplines. Here, in 1784, at the first special chair professors Gottfried Ulich, Ludwig Tsenmark and Foma Vucic gave lectures and published the first textbooks and manuals on heraldry, genealogy, sphragistics, paleography, diplomacy, and numismatics. In 1894, Mykhaylo Hrushevskyi was invited to give lectures on the history of Ukraine at Lviv University. A second Department of General History with a Special Overview of Eastern Europe was created for him, and in fact it was the Department of History of Ukraine. One of his students was Academician Ivan Krypyakevych, who worked at the history of the Galician-Volhynian state, the Cossacks, the History of Lviv, and special history disciplines. In 1939 he headed the Department of History of Ukraine, where his student, the famous medieval historian, Academician Yaroslav Isayevich majored. The modern period in the development of the tradition of studying the ancient history of Ukraine at Lviv University began in 1995, when the Department of Ancient History of Ukraine and Special History Disciplines was established at History Faculty. The Department was headed by Professor Roman Shust. In 2009, the department was renamed into the Department of Ancient History of Ukraine and Archival Studies. Since January 2015, the department has been headed by Associate Professor Olha Shchodra. The department cooperates with the Cabinet of Special Historical Disciplines. Its rich numismatic and sphragistic funds (more than 12 000 coins and medals and about 6 000 copies of seals) are used by employees of the department and students in the preparation of scientific and educational works. The department maintains scientific contacts with Ukrainian universities, as well as with the International School of Humanities of Eastern and Central Europe (Warsaw, Poland), the Institute of Central and Eastern Europe (Lublin, Poland), the Pedagogical University of the National Education Commission (Krakow, Poland), Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (Lublin, Poland), Center for the Study of Ancient Tradition (University of Warsaw, Poland), Rzeszów and Wrocław Universities (Poland).


ChairpersonOlha ShchodraChairperson
ProfessorRoman ShustProfessor
ProfessorAndriy ZayatsProfessor
Associate ProfessorStepan BilostotskyiAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorOleh DudiakAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorOleh DukhAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorOleksandr TseluikoAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorOleksiy VinnychenkoAssociate Professor
Department SecretaryNadiya SydorkoDepartment Secretary

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The main orientation of the research is the archaeology of the western region of Ukraine (the department researches such projects as “Material and spiritual culture of inhabitants in Subcarpathia, Volyn and Transcarpathia in the Stone and Early Medieval Periods”, as well as Ancient History, the methodology of history, present-day historiography. The staff of the department performed archeological excavations in the sites of ancient settlements like Krylos (Halych), Plisnesko, Pidhorodyshche, Nemyriv, Rokytne, Modrychi (Teptiuzh), sites and villages of Yezupil, Hlybochok, Neslukhiv, Koshylivtsi, Buchach, Tadani, Zymne, Kostianets, Holyshiv, Vynnyky, Nezvysko, Dudyn, Cherchyk, Khrinnyky, Bovshiv, Demianiv, Nakvasha, ancient burial grounds of Gats, Chekhy, Vysotsko, monastic complexes of Univ, Stradch, Pidkamin, Staryi Zbarazh, Pidhirtsi.

Historians and the War: Discussion with Prof. Timothy Snyder

06.06.2022 | 11:23

The next installment of the online seminar series “Historians and the War: Rethinking the Future”, titled “Historians and the War: Discussion with Prof. Timothy Snyder”, will take place on 9 June 2022 at 19:00 CET.
The aim of the series is to discuss if and to what extent the war in Ukraine is changing our perception of the past and which new questions for historians it raises.
The invited speaker is 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗦𝗻𝘆𝗱𝗲𝗿, professor of history at Yale University and permanent...

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University of Naples Federico II for Ukraine

31.05.2022 | 13:40


University of Naples Federico II offers 5 Erasmus scholarships to students enrolled at an Ukrainian higher education institution fleeing from Ukraine because of the war for study mobility to carry out mobility for study or internship.
The students can apply for one or two semesters. The students will receive an individual support of 1100 Euro per months.
We offer 3 Erasmus scholarships for staff employed at an Ukrainian higher education institution fleeing from Ukraine because of the war, to carry out mobility...

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