A Joint Department ‘Archeology’ with the Institute of History of Material Culture at the Russian Academy of Sciences has been Created at Sevastopol State University

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A Joint Department ‘Archeology’ with the Institute of History of Material Culture at the Russian Academy of Sciences (IHMC-RAS) has been сreated at Sevastopol State University. The agreement was signed between Sevastopol State University and the Department of the History of Material Culture at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

The opening of the joint department means that the specialists from IHMC-RAS will take an active part in the educational process at Sevastopol University.

“The main tasks of the department are: to conduct classes, archaeological expeditions with the participation of supervisors and scientists of the IHMC-RAS, to participate in the formation of topics for research, term papers and graduate works, as well as to take part in the scientific supervision and reviewing of master's theses in the field of archeology,” explained the First Vice-Rector at Sevastopol State University, Denis Yarygin.

Now, undergraduates of the programme ‘History’ studying in the field of Marine Archeology will be able to practice at the IHMC-RAS, and get acquainted with the archaeological cultures of Eurasia, the Caucasus, the Middle and Near East, and the Northern Black Sea Region.

During the negotiations, the Director of the IHMC-RAS, Vladimir Lapshin, invited students of the Master’s programme to take part in archaeological expeditions in the European part of Russia from the Kola Peninsula to the Caucasus, in Siberia and Tuva.


IHCM-RAS will also facilitate the employment of graduates of Sevastopol State University.

“The most important thing is that the institute will participate in the formation of target places, that is, 
request Sevastopol State University to train specialists in the field of archeology,” said Denis Yarygin.

The Institute for the History of Material Culture at the Russian Academy of Sciences is the direct heir to the oldest state archaeological institution in Russia - the Imperial Archaeological Commission, that was formed in St. Petersburg in 1859. Scientific traditions in the field of archeology have been preserved there for almost two centuries, and scientific cooperation with Crimea has been going on for more than 150 years.