Archaeology in Conflict and post-conflict worlds

On October 3 this year, the online seminar Archeologie et Patrimoines en contexts de conflits ou post-conflits took place on the initiative of the CNRS and the French Ministry of Culture. During the seminar, reports related to the problems of cultural heritage preservation during the war and in post-war conditions were presented.

Presentations by Aparna Tandon (ICCROM, Italy), Marjano J. Aznar (Jaume University, Spain) and a group of speakers from Ukrainian scientific, educational and museum institutions were devoted to the problems of cultural heritage of modern Ukraine. Among the latter, it should be noted the reports devoted to the preservation of museums – Mariia Tymoshenko, Oleksandr Pashkovskyi, Alina Sushko (Museum of Kyiv History), the issues of archaeological reserve sites and collections under the risk – Iryna Chechulina and Alisa Semenova (Institute of Archaeology, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), the issue of underwater archaeological heritage – Yana Morozova (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv).

Pavlo Shydlovskyi (Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Ukrainian State Institute for Cultural Heritage) spoke on behalf of the ALMGroup with the topic ‘Archaeological Landscapes in Ukraine during the War’:

‘The most significant and dominant formations within the historical landscape suffer the greatest damage due to the fact that they are often placed in the most convenient locations for the construction of modern fire and defence positions. It should be mentioned that among the significant challenges for Ukrainian archaeology is the use of archaeological sites as military objects as well as illegal excavations in occupied territories, the looting of regional museums and the increased sale of archaeological artefacts’.