Archaeological mission "Olbia"

National Museum in Warsaw

An agreement signed on 30 May 2016 between the National Museum in Warsaw and the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine makes possible the start of the three-year-long archaeological campaign on the terrain of the ancient city Olbia as a part of the Ukrainian „Olbian Archaeological Expedition”, headed by professor Alla Buiskikh.

First season is planned a reconnaissance of the archaeological, made proper preliminary researches (including geophysics) on, designated with the Ukrainian side, area of the future activity of the mission and finally the beginning of archaeological excavation at the chosen place. It border on the Ukrainian trench, on which excavations are led since many years. One can so presume that the results of our excavations will bring similar effects: unearthing the area on which the Roman fortress functioned and between 7th and 3rd centuries BC the essential part of the Greek colony. Strategic aim of our works is giving an examination the whole of the small plateau in the eastern part of ancient Olbia, of which today about half is occupied by the Ukrainian trench. The main task of the Polish mission is examination of the rest of the plateau, what should in the future, thanks to the analysis of the joint results of researches led on Polish and Ukrainian trenches, should significantly enrich our knowledge about this part of the ancient city.

Simultaneously with archaeological excavations is planned, similarly as in the case of excavations led at Tyritake on the Crimea, conservatory activity led by the separate conservatory mission. The beginning of this works is planned not before 2017. The mission will aimed on the protection of our archaeological activity, to make possible present it to all visitors, including tourists visiting Olbia.

The National Museum in Warsaw continues ipso facto over 60-year traditions of the archaeological activity in Ukraine, begun by the professor Kazimierz Michałowski in Myrmekion at the Crimea and continued firstly with archaeological mission in Tyritake on the Crimea headed by Dr Alfred Twardecki, Curator in Chief of Ancient- and Eastern Christian Art Department and at present, under the same leadership, on the city of Olbia at the mouth of Dniepr and Boh rivers.

Polish-Ukrainian archaeological co-operation within our project not only links to the glorious traditions of the previous archaeological expeditions of the National Museum in Warsaw but also gives the opportunity to gain most interesting relics of the Greco-Roman civilization and also the creation important research-center for the archaeology and the history of the northern coasts of the Black Sea.