Trypillian Civilization 5,508 - 2,750 BC

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Kolos Corp.

Ancient Ukraine. Trypillian Tour 

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 Reprint from a tourist magazine 

Dr. M. Videiko, Harriet Hughes and her friends Kathleen and Mykola Ponomarenko 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