Trypillian Civilization 5400 - 2750 BC







Kolos Corp.

Trypillian Tour
Wonders of Neolithic civilization on the territory of Ukraine
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Our lovely tour director and guide Natalka greated us at the Boryspil airport and took us to the hotel. She was with us all the time on the tour, helping with accommodations, transportation, dinners and museums. Her organizational abilities are just unbelievable! We were never late more than 2 minutes anywhere, even if we had to drive 500 kilometers! She knows a lot about Trypillia and ancient arts. She has degree in business from Ukrainian Univ, she studied tourism in USA, and is well read in many subjects of ancient cultures and spirituality.  

Hotel Andriivsky. Located on - Anriivsky Uzviz - famous tourist area in Kyiv. This is one of likely places for Kyiv accommodations.  

Our adventure started from Dnipro river.  

Museum of Natural History in Kyiv has one of the best collections of Trypillian Culture. It is wonderful when your guide is a professor of archaeology!   

Kyiv Metro. Because of a small group size, we could blend with local crowds, which provided more natural experience of a city.  

Banduryst on Andriivsky Hill in Kyiv.   

At the entrance to the Historical Museum in Kyiv stands thousands years old polovetska baba.  

In front of the Historical Museum in Kyiv sits a millennium old ancient "kapyshche" - the altar for worshipping native gods.  

This is our bus on the route of adventure and discovery of Trypillian Culture in Ukraine!   

Dnister River, western Ukraine. On the opposite river bank you can hardly see Fortress Hotyn'.  But you can see one of our tourist swimming in the river :))   

City Khmelnytsky. Behind us under yellow tent is a restaurant where we had very nice dinner.  In Ukrainian, dinner called  "vecheria".  

We stopped at this museum.  

A model of a room in Trypillian house with a woman waiving a thread. It is true (!), they did it 7,000 years ago!  

Local "vuyko" in Halychyna area.  

Ukraine does not have any  "No Trespassing" signs or zones (yet). You can go anywhere you want!  

Short stop on the road to cool down in a local river.  

Sacred vessel of Trypillian people. Read about it in our eMuseum.  

Museum display of  Trypillian ceramics.  

Kolosky,  Voloshky, Divchata...
So many songs about it in Ukraine....

Three archaeologists -
specialists in Trypillian Culture:
Standing - Dr. M.Videiko, Dr.I. Kochkin
Sitting - Dr.T.Tkachuk
Excavation field near Halych.

Archaeological excavation near Halych.  

Found! This ceramics is between 5 to 7 thousands years old!  

It is not very unusual to meet a woman on a horse. This one was riding to her friend for a cup of tea! :)  

Kupalo celebration dinner.  

Dressed for Kupalo celebration.  

Old wind mill at Kupalo celebration area.  

Entrance to village Trypillia, where Trypillian Civilization was discovered around 100 years ago.  

Only one country in Europe still has storks (chornohuz) - Ukraine.  We saw these birds everywhere. People believe that they bring good fortune and children :).  

Small village museums have a special charm and artifacts, which reflect local customs and history.  

River Medgybizh. In Polish this name means - Between Gods (mizh-bohamy).  

Fortress Medgydizh  

Forgotten Jewish cemetery  

Sofiyvka Park in city Uman'  

Fortress Hotyn' behind the hill on the bank of Dnistr river  

Local dining is excellent!  

Kupalo celebration. Behind dancing girls is Dnipro river and a small chapel, which was built per Taras Shevchenko's sketch.  

Kupalo celebration  

Kupalo celebration  

Kupalo celebration  

Kupalo celebration  

Lunch on the road.  

Historical Museum in Kamenets-Podilsku.  

 Reprint and picture about our tour from a tourist magazine

Dr. M. Videiko, Harriet Hughes and her friends Kathleen and Nick standing in front of the Kamianets-Podilsky fortress.
February 2004 (pp 68-69)

     We learned about  the archaeology of the Trypillian Bronze Age during our 11-day trip to Ukraine, June 27-July 7, 2002, but we also saw many interesting medieval and later sites and met many interesting people in this newly independent  state. 
     Our tour with Kolos Corporation (5841 Colfax Ave., Alexandria,  VA 22311-1013: phone 703/585- 0649, e-mal kolos@kolos.corn or visit cost $1,100,  land. (The 2004 "Tryptillian Tour,"  taking place June 28-July 8, will cost $1,650 land only.)  A few non-included meals and extras added tip to less than $100. We also gave substantial tips to the guide, the driver and Dr. Mykhailo Videiko, who led the tour, because although there were only three of us and the tour price was based on a group of 10, KoIos kept to the advertised price.
     A senior researcher at the Archeology Institute of the National Science Academy of Ukraine , Dr. M. Videiko's specialty is the Neolithic age and the early Trypillian Bronze culture of 5,000 to 7,000 years ago. We saw a significant find being uncovered at  one of the digs we visited.
     In Kiev, beginning outside the door of the Andriyvskiy Hotel, were several blocks of art and craft stands that  had wonderful items at amazingly low prices. I brought home a large covered walnut dish for $12 and printed Pysanky eggs for $2 each.
     We also toured St.Sophia Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Caves Monastery. We wished we had more time at the museum of wooden architecture in Kyiv; we were able to see only part of it in several hours and could spent more time in the shops, which had fabulous artworks at very modest prices.
     On this trip we did a lot of walking on uneven ground and cobblestone streets.  The archaeological sites were mostly off the beaten path.  On occasion we enjoyed box lunches, incredible feasts of several types of smoked fish, ham, turkey, cheeses, bread, tomatoes, wine, juice and several deserts.
     Plumbing outside the hotels, was often hole-in-the-ground variety; however, except for a couple of times, they were properly maintained and did not smell.
     We were only moderately interested in archaeology, but this tour had enough other interesting and unusual things to see and do that we considered it a bargain.  We met many more Ukrainians not involved in tourism than we would have on a conventional tour.  Would we do it again? Yes.
 --- HARRIET S. HUGHES, Alexandria, VA