History of the journal

Academic periodical “Archaeology” is an official organ of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine (NASU) publishing scientific achievements of scholars of the Institute, and other Ukrainian and foreign scientific organizations.

The idea of such publication emerged in 1924 when an official scientific archaeological institution of Ukraine — the Archaeological Commission — was reorganization into the All-Ukrainian Archaeological Committee (VUAK) attached to the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (ASU). Over the time of the Committee’s work two issues of “Korotki zvidomlennia za dijal’nist’ Vseukrajins’kogo Arheologichnogo komitetu pry UAN v galuzi arheologichnyh doslidiv (Brief Reports of the Archaeological Research Activity of VUAK ASU)” appeared in print. These publications presented brief illustrated reports on archaeological excavations and reconnaissance works carried out in Ukraine, as well as news regarding measures taken by VUAK to preserve monuments. M.Ya. Rudinskiy acted as their redactor, O.P. Novitskiy — a famous Ukrainian archaeologist — was liable for issuing. This edition became the first official learned publishing organ of the Ukrainian archaeology.

Over years to follow special collective scientific works were published – first by the Committee, and afterwards by the Institute of History of Material Culture (since 1938 – the Institute of Archaeology of the AS of the Ukrainian SSR). At the edge of 1920s-1930s the Archaeological Committee made an attempt of establishing an official systematic academic publication “Zapysky Vseukrajinskogo Arheologichnogo Komitetu (Proceedings of the All-Ukrainian Archaeological Committee)”. The library of the Institute of Archaeology keeps a single volume of the “Proceedings of VUAK, 1930”, published in 1931 in remembrance of professors V.B. Antonovich and F.K. Vovk. The introduction specified that this very issue commenced a systematic publication of the VUAK’s excavation materials, combining research in archaeology and art history.

A yearbook “Archaeology” aimed at publishing tractates of the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (AS USSR) was established only after World War II (in 1947). From 1947 to 1970 the following famous scholars took up the posts of the executive editors and acted as the members of the editorial board of the annual: academician P.P. Efimenko, corresponding members of the Academy of Sciences S.M. Bibikov and L.M. Slavin, Doctor of History V.A. Bogusevich, Hist. Dr. A.V. Dobrovolskiy, Hist. Dr. V.I. Dovzhenok, Hist. Dr. M.P. Kuchera, candidate of History E.V. Maksimov, Hist. Dr. M.Ya. Rudinskiy, Hist. Dr. O.I. Trenozhkin, Hist. Dr. I.G. Shovkoplyas.

In 1970 “Archaeology” became a quarterly periodical having acquired the status of republican interdepartmental scientific collected works edition, established by the Institute of Archaeology AS Ukrainian SSR and the Ukrainian Society for Preservation of Historical and Cultural Monuments. However, the specific character of the edition did not change: it published memoirs and archaeological materials, reports on archaeological conferences and congresses, etc. Much attention was paid to the theory of archaeology.

In 1989 the edition was reregistered and at present it represents a journal established by the Institute of Archaeology of NASU. Having increased in volume first up to 14, and than to 16 quires, the journal inherited all traditions of its predecessor in full measure. It is included into the list of academic editions of the Supreme Academic Commission of Ukraine. The corresponding member of NAS Ukraine V.P. Chabai acts as the editor-in-chief.

In the course of years the following scholars were on the editorial board of the quarterly collected works, and later of the journal “Archaeology”: academician P.P. Tolochko, corresponding members of the Academy of Sciences I.I. Artemenko, V.D. Baran, S.M. Bibikov, S.D. Kryzhitskiy, A.P. Motsya, L.M. Slavin, doctors and candidates of sciences E.P. Bunyatin, E.V. Chernenko, O.P. Chernish, I.T. Chernyakov, V.I. Dovzhenok, M.I. Gladkih, V.I. Kadeev, P.A. Karyshkovskiy, M.P. Kuchera, E.V. Maksimov, V.K. Miheev, V.Yu. Murzin, V.V. Otroshchenko, B.A. Shramko, I.G. Shovkoplyas, S.A. Skoryi, S.V. Smirnov, V.N. Stanko, D.Ya. Telegin, R.V. Terpilovskiy, G.M. Toshchev, V.M. Tsygilik, I.S. Vinokur, S.O. Vysotskiy, L.L. Zaliznyak, Yu.M. Zaharuk, V.M. Zubar.