Dr. Mykhailo Videiko is a leading Ukrainian archaeologist specializing in the Copper Age period and particularly in the Trypillian culture. He received his Ph.D. from the Kyiv Institute of Archaeology in 1993. His scientific advisor was Dr. Mykola M.Shmaglij. Prior to his Ph.D. he graduated with Master degree in archaeology and history from the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko State University in 1982 and came to work for the Institute of Archaeology the same year progressively reaching a position of a Senior Staff Scientist.
Dr. Videiko has more than 530 scientific publications including close to thirty books. Some of his work is presented on this website.
Dr. Videiko's developed number of specialized courses, which reflect his interests in a Social Archaeology and a Copper Age cultures. Lately he teaches courses at the National Kyiv-Mohyla Academy to students of the Archaeological Magisterium. One course is under the title of "Trypillian proto civilization" and covers a period of Trypillian culture between 5400 - 2750 BC on the territory of present Ukraine. His second course is titled "The ancient Farming cultures in Ukraine" and covers the Neolithic and Copper Age cultures in Ukraine and the nearest territories between 6500 - 2750 BC.
Dr. Natalia Burdo
Dr. Natalia Burdo, the Ph.D. in history and senior researcher at the Institute of Archaeology in Ukraine, wrote her Ph.D. thesis on the subject of "The Early Population Stage of Tripillian Culture Between Rivers Dniester and Southern Bug", which was presented and defended at the Department of Neolithic-Bronze Age at Archaeological Institute of Ukraine in 1994.
She participated in the excavations of many settlements of the early Tripillian culture including Alexandrovka Tymkove, Slobidka West of Odessa region. She was part of field studies of settlements in Maydanetske, Talne 2, Nebelivka in the Bug-Dnieper rivers, burial “Lighthouses near Odessa”, Hatysche, Ihnatenkova Gore, Yancha-VI, Khomyn and the Kolomyia Yar in the Middle Dnieper. She also participated in the excavation of Durankulak (Bulgaria, 1976), the excavations of new buildings and freeways constructions in Poland, 2000. Dr. N. Burdo was a member of the international scientific research projects: Baltic-Pontic Studies, Trypillian Culture Mega-Sites and the mapping of the Tripillian settlements.
The range of professional interests of Dr. N.Burdo includes studies of archaeological sources, the Neo-Neolithic era in Europe, the study of issues related to early-agricultural Copper Age cultures, including Trypillian culture. The key areas of her research is directed to analysis of archaeological sources related to reconstruction of historical processes on the territory of Ukraine during the Copper Age period, including sacred customs, architecture, cultural and historical contacts of farming communities and the research of the history of the Tripillian culture including the issues of chronology and timing of the Copper Age archaeological cultures and the systematization of archaeological sources.
Dr. N.Bordo is an author of 346 scientific papers including coauthor of monographs on archeology and ancient history of the Carpathian-Danube region. She was a member of the editorial board and the executive secretary of the "Encyclopedia of Tripillian Civilization" (2003-2004). She is a member of the editorial board of the present electronic Internet publication “Trypillian Civilization Journal” since 2010.
Dr. Ihor Poshyvailo
Fulbright Scholar at the Smithsonian Center for Folklore and Cultural Heritage, Washington, DC. Project “Interpretation of Cultural Heritage in Museums: An American Experience for Ukrainian Practice”. Duration: September 2009 – June 2010.
Born 1967 in Poltava in a family of famous folk potters from the town of Opishne. Ethnologist, PhD (1998, Institute of Art Studies, Folklore and Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences). Deputy Director, National Center of Folk Culture “Ivan Honchar Museum” (Kyiv), Chairman of the Kyiv Regional Branch of the National Union of Folk Art Masters, Founding board member of the Ivan Honchar Foundation, Expert of the State Art Commission of the Ukrainian Ministry for Culture, member of editorial board of the Folk Art and Ukrainian Ceramology magazines. Expert of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Author of the award-winning book Phenomenology of Pottery (semiotic and ethnological aspects), 2000; as well as numerous articles on the problems of traditional art and culture, ecology of traditional cultural environment, problems of cultural heritage preservation in a variety of publications including Folk ArtMagazine, Fine Arts Magazine, Artania Magazine, Ukrainian Ceramology Magazine, Folk Creativity and Ethnology Magazine, Ukrainian Ceramology Annual Collection Book, Welcome to Ukraine Magazine, Eastern Review (Lodz, Poland). Essays in books including Ukrainians: historic-ethnographic monograph in two volumes (1999), Symbol, Myths and Ritual (2000), Materials to Ukrainian Ethnology (2002), Ukrainian Embroidered Ritual Towels (2003), Museology in Ukraine (2004), Tradition and Culture (2005), Ukraine and Ukrainians: historic-ethnographical art album of Ivan Honchar (2006-2009). Editor and compiler of the Ukraine and Ukrainians: historic-ethnographical art album of Ivan Honchar (in 10 volumes)
Curator and participant of research expeditions to Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany and France in 1992, 1994. Head and participant of a number of international projects on safeguarding folk arts and crafts in Ukraine and promotion of international cooperation in the field of traditional culture. Participant of international conferences including the European Council’s Conference on national identity (Hungary, 2001), UNESCO’s Conference on Proclamation of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage (Hungary, 2002), Conference of the EU Culture-2000 Program (Hungary, 2004), 4th Regional Museum Conference (Romania, 2008), World Symposium on Traditional Arts and Culture (Turkey, 2009). Co-moderator and co-organizer of the Museum management seminars in Ukraine provided by the Fund for Arts and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe (USA) and the US Embassy in Ukraine. Participant of the International Visitor Program (USA, 2004), Global Youth Exchange Program (Japan, 2004) and The World Master’s Festival in Arts and Culture (Korea, 2007).
Holder of the International Charitable Fund “Ukraine-3000” Scholarship (2005–2006) and Honorable Man of Arts Title (2008).
Dr. Alexey Nikitin
Dr. Alexey Nikitin is an Associate Professor of Biology at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in genetics from Bowling Green State University in the area of population and evolutionary genetics, and an M.S. (with Honors) degree in genetics from T. G. Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Dr. Nikitin's research interests are in human population genetics and archeogenetics.
Dr. Nikitin's research team recently conducted an extensive study of the maternal genetic lineages of the inhabitants of the highland region of the Carpathian Mountains.
Dr. Nikitin's archeogenetic studies deal with the extraction and analysis of DNA from ancient human remains. One of the ancient population groups Dr. Nikitin is particularly interested in is the Trypillia-Cucuteni culture complex (TC). Human remains from this culture are a rarity, but they are quite common at one ritual site utilized by TC and other cultures for thousands of years. The site is called Verteba Cave.
Dr. Nikitin is currently conducting research at that site, as a member of a multi-national research team that includes archeologists, anthropologists, historians, and a geneticist. The aim of the Verteba Project is to better understand the origins of the Trypillian inhabitants, as well as their ritual practices and cultural traditions.
Mr. Mykola Ponomarenko is the founder of the www.trypillia.com website. He was the president of Kolos Corporation, sponsor and publisher of the Trypillian Civilization Journal. Mr. M. Ponomarenko met Dr. M. Videiko in 2000. He became interested in the Trypillian culture, which led to the creation of "The Trypillian Cilization Journal".
Contacts: Mykola Ponomarenko 5841 Colfax Avenue Alexandria, VA 22311-1013 USA phone: 1.703.585.0649 e-mail: