Since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the German Archaeological Institute has been standing in solidarity with Ukrainian archaeologists and assisting scholars and institutions in various ways. These also included DAI research scholarships in 2022 and 2023, aimed at supporting Ukrainian researchers mainly within Ukraine in their difficult work of documentation, preservation and rescue of archaeological heritage threatened by the war. This was made possible amongst others through additional funding of the Federal Foreign Office. The awarded projects cover a wide range – 3D recording and documentation of destroyed archaeological sites, rescue excavations in areas affected by hostilities, cataloging and digitization of research data and museum collections, but also archaeological analyses and publication of results.

In this blog, our DAI scholarship recipients will report on their proposals, working progress and results of their projects. At the same time, we aim to create awareness for the richness and importance of Ukrainian archaeological heritage – the sites and objects threatened by destruction are unique legacy of global human history and subjects for overarching supra-regional archaeological issues.

The blog is run by the Ukraine Help at the Eurasia Department of the DAI.