Ludy Europy Wschodniej

Since 2001, I am carrying out excavation research in the Donetsk Oblast, in which at first I have participated as a student and currently I do as a co-researcher.

In 2005 and 2006, my research has been sponsored by the Institute of Archaeology at the Jagiellonian University (by courtesy of the IAUJ Director, Prof. Jan Chochorkowski) and the Regional Museum in Donetsk (by courtesy of the Museum Director, Mr Yevgeny Ivanovitch Denisenko) In 2006 I have continued my research also by the help of the Foundation of the Jagiellonian University Students and Graduates Bratniak. At all times, I have as well invested in the research my own financial means.

These endeavours have allowed to reach the materials, which were the first discovered traces of the massacre of the local sedentary people, originating from the descendants of the Alans and Bulgarians and existing under the rule of the Khazar Khaganate, Kiev Ruthenia, the Polovtsian, the Khans of the Golden Horde and finally fallen to the armies of Tamerlane the Great, who reached the right bank of Seversky Donets during his five years' campaign in the West.

The expedition in 2006 resulted in a decision to organize another, of which the goal would be the restoration of the anthropomorphic stone Polovtsian steles, belonging to the collection of the Museum in Donetsk in 2007, a query in libraries and archives for the PhD dissertation and a terrain query, aiming at choice of an appropriate archaeological site, linked with the nomads.

The insufficiency of the financial means diminishes the research possibilities, narrowing them down to basic activity, aimed at preparing the best possible preservation and documentation of the source materials. The information and help is gained from the specialists of auxiliary branches mainly due to their benevolent understanding of the financial situations. The consultancy was provided by Mrs Yekaterina Antipina I, an osteologist from the Institute of Archaeology at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Mr Anatoly Usatchuk, an archaeologist and traseologist from the Regional Museum in Donetsk and Mr Michal Burzak, a qualified renovator from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow.

The materials I have obtained require anthropological analyses, further osteological, palaeobotanical geological and radiocarbon examination. High cost of the travel of the expedition participants and of transport of necessary equipment from Poland to East Ukraine (two days of travel in train from Cracow to Kiev and then from Kiev to Donetsk) and also the purchase of basic materials or food at spot is a significant burden. My friends, the archaeologists from Donetsk and volunteers, who share my passion towards archaeology, participate in the excavation for free, as I cannot afford to hire anyone.

This is why I appeal for help in the archaeological research, carried out in cooperation with the institution of Donetsk and also my project, of which the objective is to save the anthropomorphic stone steles. The donors will be mentioned on the website and in all periodicals and publishing series containing my articles. Common research activity draws attention of the media in Ukraine. In 2005, a programme concerning common excavation at the Majaki site has been broadcast by three television channels, including one regional of Donetsk, one commercial from Donetsk and the state television of Ukraine, at the time of top audience rating. It is possible for the donor's logo or publicity to be placed on the building of the Donetsk Regional Museum, which is located in the city centre, currently being a part of a sport-recreation complex, financed by the City of Donetsk and private sponsors for free.

Because it is impossible to transfer financial means to the sub-account, created for me by the History Department of the Jagiellonian University, caused by the current administrative situation in the University, help may be provided in other ways: for example by sponsoring train tickets and equipment and in case of financial institution, providing a credit card with an agreed limit of expenses or in by other means. Help in every form is welcome and will be accepted with great gratitude on the part of both the Polish and the Ukrainians.

Aneta Gołębiowska-Tobiasz
doktorant IAUJ