Department of Archaeology and Special Historical Studies

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The department teaches the following courses: «Archaeology», «Cultural Anthropology », «History of Old Civilizations», «History of Ancient Civilizations», «History of Ancient Greece and Rome», «Foreign Historiography», «Methodology of History», «Modern Historiography», «Archaeology Study in the World», «The Paleolith of Ukraine in the Context of European Continent», «Ethnic-cultural History of Ukraine in the First Half of the 1st Millennium BC», «Famous Researchers of Ukrainian Archaeology», «Ethnogenesis of Present-day Slavs by Archaeological Data», «Actual Problems of European Archaeology», «Actual Problems of Ukrainian Archaeology», «Archaeology Study in Lviv University», «Funeral Rites in the Early Iron Age», «Archaeological Museology», «Cultural Influences of Roman Provinces on Ukraine», «Methodology of Archeological Cadaster Composition», «Ethnogenesis of Eastern Slavs», «Primitive Archaeology of Ukraine», «Methodology of Field and Cameral Research», «Ancient Influences on the Material and Spiritual Culture of Ukraine’s Inhabitants in the First Half of the 1st Millennium BC to the First Half of the 1st Millennium BC», «Special Methods in Archaeology».

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The department issues the annual collection of papers “Археологічні дослідження Львівського університету” (“Archeological Research at Lviv University”), founded in 1996 by Professor M. Peleshchyshyn. International conferences are held regulalry: the 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings dedicated to the memory of Solomon Lurie, the 4thInternational archeological conference of students and young researchers (1998), International conference on the occasion of the centenary of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lviv University.

The department offers postgraduate studies in the specialty “07.00.04 – Archaeology”; in the recent decades, there were 6 doctoral and more than 20 candidate dissertation in different specialties.

The department has tight connections with the departments of leading educational establishments and academic institutions in Ukraine and Poland.

The first Department of Archeology – Classical Archeology and Prehistory (headed by Karol Gadachek in 1905–1914) – was established in 1905 at the Faculty of Philosophy of Lviv University. Later, the University had departments of Classical Archeology (1916–1939, headed by Edmund Bulanda), Prehistoric Archeology (prehistory) with a special overview of the prehistory of Polish lands (1921–1939, headed by Leon Kozlowski), Archeology and History of Material Culture (1939–1941), headed by Yaroslav Pasternak), History of the Ancient World (1939–1941, headed by Kazimir Mayevsky), History of the Ancient World and Archeology (1944-1949), History of the Ancient World and the Middle Ages (1949-1994), Archeology, Antiquity and the Middle Ages (1994-2004), Archeology and History of the Ancient world (2004-2010), Archeology and Special History Disciplines (since 2010). Famous archaeologists and medievalists including Kazimierz Michalowski, Ivan Starchuk, Jerzy Kulczycki, Roman Petelenz-Lukasiewicz, Janina Orushuwna, Volodymyr Tiss, Mykhaylo Klapchuk, Markiyan Smishko, Kazimierz Zhurowski, Jan Bryk, Karol Stoyanovsky, Dmytro Pokhylevych, Yaroslav Kis, Anatoliy Lozynsky, Larysa Krushelnytska, Leonid Matskevych, Volodymyr Baran, Zoya Kalinina, Olha Tsybenko, Ihor Sveshnikov, Ihor Lisovy, Anisia Koziy, Volodymyr Kryvonos, Taras Mylyan worked at the department in different years. The department publishes an annual collection of scientific proceedings titled “Archaeological Research of Lviv University”, founded in 1996 by the initiative of prof. M. Peleshchyshyn. Since 2021, the Department has been headed by Dr. Yaroslav Onyshchuk. The Department has close contacts with the relevant departments of leading universities and research institutions of Ukraine and Poland.


ChairpersonYaroslav OnyshchukChairperson
Associate ProfessorAnastasiia BaukovaAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorNataliia BilasAssociate Professor
Associate Professor (by-worker)Viktor HumennyiAssociate Professor (by-worker)
Associate Professor (by-worker)Yaroslav PohoralskyiAssociate Professor (by-worker)
Associate ProfessorNataliya StebliyAssociate Professor
Lecturer (by-worker)Mykhailo ShymanskyiLecturer (by-worker)
Department SecretaryDariia DobrovolskaDepartment Secretary
Department SecretaryOksana HorakDepartment 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.

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