Trypillian Civilization 5400 - 2750 BC




Study Program

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Kyiv Mohyla Academy
Trypillian Culture Study Program

Ukraine is the homeland of one of the most ancient civilization, the Trypillian Civilization, which flourished on its territory about 7,000 years ago and until very recently was practically unknown to the world.

The Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, is offering a study course about the Trypillian Civilization, available to students from North America. This course, taught in English, will be held in Ukraine from  June 14, 2004  to  June 27, 2004.  The course is an introduction to Trypillian culture and is taught by a leading scientist in the field - archaeologist Dr. Mykhailo Videiko. The course contains 3 credit hours of class instruction, seminars and field trips. It includes trips to archeological excavations, a Ukrainian village, different Trypillian museums, a Trypillian ceramics studio and more.This program provides not only historical and archeological knowledge about an ancient civilization, but a possibility to experience ancient Ukraine through the eyes of modern man.

We believe that the personal experience of archeological excavations of ancient sites cannot be substituted. Hands-on knowledge about cultural elements which have persisted through millennia is invaluable. This experience is provided in combination with an academic University course and direct communication with the specialists in the field. It is not only an introduction to the Trypillian culture and Ukrainian history, but also it offers lessons about cultures in general, how they function and develop.

To apply for this program, students must submit application, which is located on this web-site.  Once the student has been accepted into the program, and deposit payment has been received, the student will receive a package with some reading materials and additional instructions about the trip to Ukraine. Each student will be added to our discussion list and will have the opportunity to communicate with other students enrolled in the course.

During the month of June 2004, students will fly to Ukraine for this Program Study Course. They will be met in the airport, housed, transported, and supervised by our experienced guide and Dr. M. Videiko. Initially, students will spend some time in Kyiv, attending classes at The Kyiv Mohyla Academy. They will visit Kyiv museums and historical sites. They will be taken by bus to the vicinity of a Trypillian village to have a hands-on studies.

Students will have a chance to observe an archeological work, meet Ukrainian students and scholars, and travel to the neighboring villages. There, they will see elements of the Ukrainian way of life that have not changed for millenia. This part of the program will have extracurricular lessons in the Ukrainian language included in the Program at no additional charge.

After the Study part of the program, for those who signed-up for a Tour part of the Program, students will be taken by bus through Ukraine, with stops at different cities, as described in our Tour program, to explore nearby archaeological excavation sites, local museums showing ancient culture, as well as experience contemporary Ukrainian city life. Special trips to several archeological excavations will be supervised by Dr. Videiko where students will be able to experience the work of an archeologist first hand and to see Trypillian artifacts outside of a museum, in the ground.

Students that complete this study-course successfully and pass the final exam will receive 3 credit hours from Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

archaeological expedition





Kamianets-Podilsky fortress