Dr. Vitalii Rud

Vitalii Rud (1990) is a researcher at the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Department of Eneolithic and Bronze Age Archaeology. He has worked there since he was awarded his Master’s degree in Ancient History and Archaeology of Ukraine in 2012 at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. In 2018 he was awarded a PhD for his thesis concerning Trypillia communities in the Dniester and Southern Bug interfluve in Ukraine in the beginning of IV mill. BC. Rud is also a researcher at the Department of Archaeology at Kyiv Borys Grinchenko University, and in 2018 he briefly worked at the Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology at Kiel University, Germany.

Since 2009 Vitalii Rud has been active in modern investigations of the Trypillia mega-sites of Nebelivka and Maidanetske in Ukraine and the large site of Stolniceni I in Moldova. In cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre “Scales of Transformation: Human-environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies” he has investigated the Trypillia mega-site of Bilyi Kamin. He conducts wide-ranging research, including the international field projects investigating Copper Age settlements and Bronze Age burial mounds in Ukraine.

Key publications:
  • Niebieszczański, J., Romaniszyn, J., Makarowicz, P., Rud, V. (2023). Survey, Drill and Excavate. Complex geoarchaeological prospection of Bronze Age mounds as a key for understanding undermound architecture. A case study from Myluvannia, Western Ukraine. Archaeological Prospection, 30(2), 105–116.
  • Rud, V., Hofmann, R., Kosakivskyi, V., Zaitseva, O., Müller, J., (2019). Trypillia mega-sites west of Southern Buh River: Preliminary results of Bilyi Kamin site investigation in 2018. Journal of Neolithic Archaeology, 21, 27-60.
  • Rud, V., Zaitseva, O., Hofmann, R., Rauba-Bukowska, A., Kosakivskyi, V. (2019). Unique pottery kiln construction? The interpretation of massive clay objects from the Trostianchyk site of the Trypillia culture. Sprawozdania Archeologiczne, 71, 11–39.
  • Terna, S., Rassmann, K., Rud, V. (2017). A pottery firing kiln from the Copper Age settlement Stolniceni I (Edinet district, Republic of Moldova) and the production of pottery to the east from the Carpathians in IV millennium BC. Stratum Plus, 2, 301–330.
  • Videiko, M.Yu., Chapman, J., Burdo, N.B., Gaydarska, B., Terna, S.V., Rud, V.S., Kiosak, D.V. (2015). Complex investigations of defensive systems, production complexes and remains of constructions on the Tripolye site near the village of Nebelivka. Stratum Plus, 2, 147–170

Books by Vitalii Rud

From Ros to Prut (volume 1)

Transformations of Trypillia settlements

Edited by Robert Hofmann, Wiebke Kirleis, Johannes Müller, Vitalii Rud, Stanislav Ţerna†, Mykhailo Videiko | Forthcoming

Pre-dating the urban revolution in Western Asia, a network of agricultural settlements developed in the forest-steppe zone northwest of the Black Sea in the late 5th and first half of the 4th millennium BCE, some…



From Ros to Prut (volume 2)

Transformations of Trypillia settlements

Edited by Robert Hofmann, Wiebke Kirleis, Johannes Müller, Vitalii Rud, Stanislav Ţerna†, Mykhailo Videiko | Forthcoming

Pre-dating the urban revolution in Western Asia, a network of agricultural settlements developed in the forest-steppe zone northwest of the Black Sea in the late 5th and first half of the 4th millennium BCE, some…









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