Cooperation with the University of Notre Dame (USA)

In March 2023, work was continued on recording the damage to cultural heritage objects caused by the invasion of the Russian Federation in Kyiv and Chernihiv regions.

Part of this work was carried out jointly with the professors of the University of Notre Dame (USA) Ian Kuijt and William Donaruma, who during the Seminar “Protection and Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of Ukraine” ( ) expressed their desire to take a direct part in the monitoring work of the Group (ALMG). Ian is a Professor of anthropology, an archaeologist who participated in the research of Neolithic settlements in the Middle East. William is a Professor at the Department of Fіlm, Теlеvіsіоn, and Тhеаtrе. In addition to foreign partners, the group included Pavlo Shydlovskyi, associate professor at the Department of Archaeology of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Ukraine, Vsevolod Ivakin, head of the Archaeological Monitoring Expedition of the Institute of Archaeology of the NAS of Ukraine, researchers of the Institute of Archaeology Ivan Zotsenko, Viacheslav Skorokhod, and Yuriy Sytyi.

With the aim of monitoring the damaged sites, there were surveys with careful recording of the destruction of archaeological objects. In addition, the group visited the famous archaeological sites of ancient Chernihiv, the Chernihiv Historical Museum named after V.V. Tarnovskyi, where the exhibition “Ruscism = Fascism” was held, also visited the villages destroyed by the occupiers.

After the monitoring work, Ian Kuijt gave a lecture at the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine on the subject of his own research on Neolithic settlements in the Middle East.