Archaeology in the U.S.S.R

Archaeology in the U.S.S.R

Archaeology in the U.S.S.R

Archaeology in the U.S.S.R

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I was born in 1883 in the Don oblast. I completed the work of the Classical Gymnasium and then the Historical Faculty of Moscow University and the Law Faculty of Kharkov University. Subsequently I worked as a secondary school instructor, as a university lecturer, and, after 1934, as a professor in Rostov-on- the-Don. Since 1951, I have been a professor at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich and Scholarly Secretary of the Institute for the Study of the USSR. Throughout I have taught ancient history and archaeology.

At the same time, almost every year for more than forty years, I have conducted archaeological explorations and excavations during my summer vacations, chiefly in the steppe belt between the Volga and the Dnepr, studying ancient cultures, particularly those of the Bronze Age. I first became interested in archaeology in 1894, when I was in Kerch with my parents and was present at excavations on the Hill of Mithridates. In 1900, still a high school student, I started small independent excavations with the help of friends. From 1904 I took part as an assistant in the major excavations conducted by the Ukrainian archaeologist Professor D. Yavornitski. In the 1920's and 1930's I carried on independent work and then took part in the large Dnepr archaeological expedition. In 1934-35 I was head of the archaeological expedition on the Volga and the North Caucasus organized by the State Academy for the History of Material Culture ( GAIMK). Later I directed an expedition to explore ancient settlements along the lower Don and elsewhere. The last time I directed archaeological explorations . . .

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