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The Faculty of History
The Department of Ancient and Medieval History


The Head of the Department

Alexander Germanovich GERTSEN, Associate Professor, Candidate of Historical Science
Phone: +38 (0652) 60-83-01
E-mail: gert@tnu.crimea.ua


The Department was established in 1976 after division of the Department of General History. Professor S. A. Sekirinskiy was its first head. Since 1987, it has been directed by Associate Professor A. G. Gertsen

General Information

The Department prepares specialists on Archeology and Bizantology.
Specialization: Archeology, Byzantology, History of European Culture.
Directions of Scientific Research: Archeology, ancient and Medieval History, Bizantology.
There is a postgraduate study at the Department.

Scientific work

The basic contents of scientific work of the Department is complex research of ethnocultural and sociopolitical processes in Eurasia, mainly in Black Sea region, in Ancient and Middle Ages. Research is conducted according to requirements of the technique of field archeological researches and techniques of complex source-study and historiographic researches. As a result, during last 15 years new data on ethnic history of Northern Black Sea Coast are obtained. Protection works were conducted at a number of burial grounds on the territory of Alushta, Simferopol, Bakhchisaray regions, that allowed scientists to specify some problems, connected with study of material culture of later ancient and earlier medieval population of Taurica. The new information is received on the historical processes in the Western Eurasia in the Stone, Bronze, early Iron Age, in the antique states of Northern Black Sea Coast and the medieval states of the Black Sea region.
Protective archeological researches conducted on burial grounds and sites of ancient settlements (alanial burial grounds in Luchistoye, Neizats and on the southeast slope of plateau Mangup) together with the Crimean branch of Institute of Oriental Studies of NAS of Ukraine, helped save from destruction and plunder a number of valuable monuments which were given in the state and museum collections. Gold, silver and bronze ornaments, red-lacquer vessels, amphoras and other findings added new data on earlier medieval history of peninsula and diverse contacts of the population of Mountainous Crimea with Dnieper Region, Caucasus and regions of the Byzantian empire, carried out basically through its main city on peninsula Kherson. Students of Historical Faculty of TNU, and numerous volunteers from Ukraine and the CIS countries participated in the work of expeditions.
These materials were shown at exhibitions abroad (Italy, France, Germany) and were reported at world Byzantium Congress in Paris (August, 2001) by A.I. Aibabin, A.G. Gertsen. Publications of these materials allow the scientists to recreate objectively the picture of historical process in the Western Eurasia that are of exclusive importance for development of the further scientific researches in this direction, and also for training students of humanitarian specialities.
Here are some particular results of the archeological researches, conducted by the Department. On the basis of archeologic materials of excavation of earlier medieval burial grounds of Crimea, A.I. Aibabin identified for the first time material culture of ethnic Khazars. Mangup expedition under direction of A.G. Gertsen for the first time in Southwest of Crimea found early Byzantian molivdovuls (lead seals) of treasurer of Byzantian empire, dated by VII century and of customs official, dated by IX-X centuries. There were also found some ornaments in the form of sewed punched plates with the image of a human face. These findings emphasize great value of Mangup, earlier medieval Doros, in the system of Byzantian-Barbarous relations in Taurica.

Faculty Members

  • Gertsen, Alexander Germanovich – Associate Professor, Candidate of Historical Science, the Head of the Department;
  • Aibabin, Alexander Ilich – Professor;
  • Burov, Grigory Mikhaylovich – Professor;
  • Petrova, Eleonora Borisovna – Professor;
  • Khrapunov, Igor Nikolaevich – Professor;
  • Vlasov, Vladimir Petrovich – Associate Professor;
  • Moiseenkova, Lyudmila Sergeevna – Associate Professor;
  • Naumenko, Valery Evgenevich – Associate Professor;
  • Korostelin, Vladimir Anatolevich – Associate Professor;
  • Spivak, Igor Aleksandrovich – Associate Professor.


  • Archeology (G.M. Burov, Professor).
  • Introduction to Speciality. (A.I. Aibabin, Professor).
  • History of the Primitive Society. (A.G. Gertsen, Associate Professor).
  • Ethnology (V.P. Vlasov, Associate Professor).
  • History of Middle Ages (L.S. Moiseenkova, Associate Professor).
  • History of Middle Ages. Labour Safety (V.E. Naumenko, Associate Professor).
  • Ancient History (E.B. Petrova, Associate Professor).
  • Archeology (I.N. Khrapunov, Associate Professor).
  • Ancient History (Korostelin V.A., Senior Teacher).
  • Historical Chronology (Spivak I.A., Assistant).


  • Stone and a copper-bronze age of the East Europe. Problems of antroposociogenesis. (G.M. Burov, Professor);
  • Ethnic history of medieval Crimea. Problems of ancient history of Slavs. Byzantian archeology. Antique archeology. Origins of Slavs. (A.I. Aibabin, Professor);
  • "Cave cities" of Crimea (A.G Gertsen, Associate Professor);
  • Ceramics as historical source. (V.P. Vlasov, Associate Professor);
  • Culture and art of the Western Europe in V-XIII centuries (L.S. Moiseenkova, Associate Professor);
  • The Byzantian society and the state. East-Christian church. (V.E. Naumenko, Associate Professor);
  • Literary monuments of antiquity as a historical source. A phenomenon of the antique civilization. (E.B. Petrova, Professor);
  • The early Iron Age. A technique of field researches. (I.N. Khrapunov, Professor);
  • Federates in Roman Empire. (V.A. Korostelin, Senior Teacher);
  • Early islam. Иудаизм and зороастиримзм. (I.A. Spivak, Assistant).


The Department maintains Academic and Educational relations: with the NASU Institutes of Archaeology and Oriental Studies, Kiev and Kharkov National Universities, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Saratov and Ural State Universities, Vologda and Kursk State Pedagogical Universities, Samara Humanitarian Academy, Voronezh Centre of Youth Art, the Institute of Russian and Soviet Culture at the Russian University in Moscow (Institute of European Cultures), Universities of Glasgow (United Kingdom), Bohum, Mainz, Heidelberg (Germany), Innsbruck (Austria), Warsaw, Lodz, Lublin (Poland), Caen University (France, Normandy) and College de France (Paris).

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