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Vladimir Stolba



Associate Professor

DNRF's Centre for Black Sea Studies,
University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Phone: +45 8942 5401
Fax: +45 89425410
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Home institution: Institute for the History of Material Culture,
Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg


Research profile

Research interests: Greek numismatics and epigraphy; production and distribution of local pottery in the Hellenistic period; Greek-Barbarian interrelations, landscape archaeology, economy and chronology of the Northern Black Sea region in the Classical and Hellenistic period; funeral archaeology; climate changes and long-term human history in the Black Sea area. PhD 1991; thesis: The Taurian Chersonesus and the Scythians in the 4th-2nd Centuries B.C.: Problems of Interrelations.




Project description
I shall primarily be occupied with research activity 3,  North-western Crimea - the territory of a Greek city-state, subsequently changed to Polis and chora. This project has been going on since 1994 as a joint Russian-Danish teamwork financed by INTAS. The project aims to proceed with explorations of one of the most promising archaeological monuments in the western coastal area of the Crimea - the settlement of Panskoye I, unique in its character, being neither a city nor a single farm, but rather an agglomeration of large agrarian complexes. Founded by Ionian Greeks as a fortress in the early 4th century BC, and taken over about fifty years later by Dorians from Tauric Chersonesos, it suddenly ceased to exist as the result of an attack by steppe nomads, ca. 270 BC.
In the present phase the project is concentrated on the complete publication of the results of excavations at the settlement in 1969-1994, carried out by the Tarkhankut expedition of the Institute of the Material Culture History (St Petersburg), and finally by the joint Russian-Danish team.
The first of three volumes scheduled for the publication series, edited by L. Hannestad, V. Stolba & A. Shcheglov and devoted to the most important complex of the Chersonesean period (monumental building U6), appeared in 2002. I am the editor and co-author of volume 2 (together with the late Russian colleague, Dr. Eugeny Rogov) as well as author and co-editor of volume 3, which deal with the necropolis of Panskoye and the fortress U7 respectively, and are planned to appear in 2007 and 2008.
Also the publication of the results from at least one more site in the area will be included: the sanctuary of Djangul. This will be carried out by the Centre's team (V. Stolba, P. Guldager Bilde) in co-operation with Russian colleagues in St Petersburg (A. Shcheglov).

Apart from the above mentioned, I'am taking part in the research activities concerning "Chronologies in the Black Sea area" (V. Stolba & L. Hannestad (eds.), Black Sea Studies 3), "Trade and distribution of pottery", "The Lower City of Olbia", and "The Olbia Necropolis".
I am also in charge of the Centre’s project “Climate changes and long-term history” which aims at testing whether climatic changes were the prime factor for the large-scale migrations and changes in the societies of the northern Black Sea region in the 5th and 3rd centuries BC. In order to answer this question it is scheduled to recover long sediment sequences from two Crimean saline lakes which will permit comparative studies of the complex interactions among humans, climate and environment.




- Paleolimnological and geochronological studies of salt lakes of Crimea, the Black Sea area, in: Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 11, EGU2009-9112, Vienna 2009 (with D.A. Subetto, T.V. Sapelko, D.D. Kuznetsov, A.V. Ludikova, N. Gerasimenko and V. Bakhmutov).


- Archaeology in the Black Sea Region in Classical Antiquity 1993-2007, in: Archaeological Reports for 2007-2008. London 2008, 115-173 (with P. Guldager Bilde, B. Bøgh, S. Handberg, J.M. Højte, J. Nieling and T. Smekalova).

- Paleolimnological studies on the Crimean Peninsula, Northern Black Sea, first results // International Geological Congress, Oslo 2008. August 6-14th. CD-Disk. HPQ-02 HPQ-02 Black Sea?Mediterranean Corridor during last 30 ky: Sea level change and human adaptation (mit Subetto D.A., Sapelko T., Gerasimenko N., Bakhmutov V., Kuznetsov D.)

- The Effects of Ground Relief on the Development of the Vegetation Cover of Crimea in the Holocene [Влияние рельефа на развитие растительного покрова Крыма в голоцене], in: "Geomorphology of our Country: Past, Present, Future". XXXth Plenum of the Geomorphological Commission of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Abstracts of papers. St Petersburg 2008 (with T.V. Sapelko & D.A. Subetto).


- Local Patterns of Trade in Wine and the Chronological Implications of Amphora Stamps, in: V. Gabrielsen, & J. Lund (eds.), The Black Sea in Antiquity. Regional and Interregional Economic Exchanges (BSS, 6). Aarhus University Press, Aarhus 2007, 149-159.

An Old Acquisition of the Royal Collection of Coins and Medals in Copenhagen: ‘Unique’ Variety or Counterfeit?, in: M. Andersen, H.W. Horsnæs & J.Ch. Moesgaard (eds.), Magister Monetae. Studies in Honour of Jørgen Steen Jensen. Copenhagen 2007, 21-25.

- Cowrie and other charms from the Panskoe I Necropolis, in: V.Ju. Zuev et al. (eds.), Bosporskij fenomen: Sakral’noe značenie regiona, pamjatnikov i nachodok. St Petersburg 2007, 157-162, 382-383 (In Russian [Каури и прочие амулеты в погребальном обряде некрополя Панское I]).

The Numismatics of Chersonesos and Kerkinitis as Evidence of Greek and Barbarian Interrelations in Western Tauris, in: A. Bresson, A. Ivantchik & J.-L. Ferrary (eds.), Une koinè pontique. Cités grecques, sociétés indigènes et empires mondiaux sur le littoral nord de la Mer Noire (VIIe s. a.C. – IIIe s. p.C.). Bordeaux 2007, 85-97.

- Paleolimnological investigations of the West-Crimean saline lakes, in: Archeologicheskie otkrytija 2005 goda. Moskva 2007, 560-562 (together with D.A. Subetto, T.V. Sapelko, A.V. Ludikova & D.D. Kuznecov). (In Russian [Палеолимнологические исследования соляных озер Западного Крыма]).

- Environmental and Black Sea Level Changes in the Holocene as recorded in Lakes Saki and Dzharylgach, Crimean Peninsula, in: Extended abstracts IGCP 521-481 Joint Meeting and Field Trip: IGCP 521 “Black Sea-Mediterranean Corridor during the last 30 ky: sea level change and human adaptation” (2005-2009); IGCP 481 “Dating Caspian Sea level change (2003-2007). Gelendzhik-Kerch, September 8-17, 2007. Moscow 2007, 157-159 (together with Subetto D.A., Neustrueva I.Yu., Sapelko T.V., Kuznecov D.D., Gerasimenko N., Bakhmutov V., Ludikova A.V. and Davydova N.N.).

- The Džarylgač survey project (DSP). The results of campaign of 2007, in: The Phenomenon of the Bosporan Kingdom: Sacred Meaning of Region, Monuments, and Finds. St Petersburg 2007, 107-118, 376-377 (In Russian; together with, P. Guldager Bilde, P. Attema, T.N. Smekalova, K. Winther Jakobsen, S. Handberg, S.B. Lantzov & T. de Haas). 

- Reconstruction of paleobiogeographical and paleoecological conditions of Lake Džarylgač (north-western Crimea) in the Late Holocene based on paleontological data, in: Paleontology, Paleobiogeography and Paleoecology. Proceedings of the LIII session of the Paleontological Society, 2-6 April 2007. St Petersburg 2007, 89-90 (together with I.Yu. Neustrueva, D.A. Subetto, T.V. Sapelko, D.D. Kuznecov, N.N. Davydova & A.V. Ludikova). (In Russian [Реконструкция палеобиогеографических и палеоэкологческих условий оз. Джарылгач (Северо-Западный Крым) в позднем голоцене по палеонтологическим данным]).

- Investigations of paleolimnologists in Crimea, Priroda 12, 61-62 (together with D.A. Subetto and T.V. Sapelko) (In Russian [Исследования палеолимнологов в Крыму]).

- Stratigraphy and Chronology of the Lake Sediments from Crimea as a Basis for Reconstructing the Black Sea Level Fluctuations, in: A.P. Lisicyn (ed.), Geologija morej i okeanov: Materialy XVII Meždunarodnoj naučnoj konferencii (Školy) po morskoj geologii. Vol. 1. Moscow 2007, 282-284. (together with D.A. Subetto, D.D. Kuznetsov, I.Yu. Neustrueva, T.V. Sapelko and A.V. Ludikova) (In Russian [Стратиграфия и хронология озерных отложений Крыма – основа реконструкции голоценовых изменений уровня Черного моря]).

- Surveying the Greek Chora. The Black Sea Region in a Comparative Perspective (Black Sea Studies, 4). Aarhus 2006 (edited together with P. Guldager Bilde).

- Introduction, in: P. Guldager Bilde & V.F. Stolba (eds.), Surveying the Greek Chora. The Black Sea Region in a Comparative Perspective (Black Sea Studies, 4). Aarhus 2006, 7-12.

- Fish and Money: Numismatic Evidence for Black Sea Fishing, in: T. Bekker-Nielsen (ed.), Ancient Fishing and Fish Processing in the Black Sea Region. Aarhus 2005, 115-132.

- Chronologies in the Black Sea Area in the Period c. 400-100 BC. Aarhus 2005, 338 pp. (edited with L. Hannestad).
- Inroduction, in: V.F. Stolba & L. Hannestad (eds.), Chronologies in the Black Sea Area in the Period c. 400-100 BC. Aarhus 2005, 7-10.

- Hellenistic Chersonesos: Towards Establishing a Local Chronology, in: V.F. Stolba & L. Hannestad (eds.), Chronologies in the Black Sea Area in the Period c. 400-100 BC. Aarhus 2005, 153-177.

- Bronze Coinage of Mithridates VI Eupator: Some Reflections Regarding the New Chronology, in: XIII All-Russian Numismatic Conference, Moscow, 11-15 April 2005. Moscow 2005, 29-31 (In Russian).

- Hellenistic Ostrakon from Olbia, ZPE 151, 2005, 91-94.

- The Oath of Chersonesos and the Chersonesean Economy in the Early Hellenistic Period, in: Z.H. Archibald, J.K. Davies & V. Gabrielsen (eds.), Making, Moving and Managing. The New World of Ancient Economies, 323-31 BC. Oxford 2005, 298-321.

- Greek Private Letter from the Settlement of Panskoye I (North-western Crimea), VDI 4, 2005, 76-87 (in Russian).

- Russian Private Collections of Greek Coins from the Black Sea: the Case of Grand Duke Alexander Michailovich (1866-1933), in: J.S. Jensen & T.N. Smekalova (eds.), The Great Numismatic Collections on the Baltic. From Coin Collections of the Sovereigns to National Research Institutions. St Petersburg 2005, 118-129, 186-187.

- Monetary Crises in the Early Hellenistic Poleis of Olbia, Chersonesos and Pantikapaion. A Re-assessment, in: C. Alfaro, C. Marcos & P. Otero (eds.), XIII Congreso Internacional de Numismática (Madrid, 2003). Actas - Proceedings - Actes. Madrid 2005, 395-403.

- Karkinitis and the Bay of Karkinitis: towards an Evaluation of the Classical Literary Tradition, Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia, Vol. 10, No. 1-2, pp. 45-66.

- Guderne i Chersonesos: Parthenos og Herakles, in: P. Guldager Bilde & J.M. Højte (eds.), Mennesker og guder ved Sortehavets kyster. Aarhus 2004, 53-64.

- The Cauldron of Ariantas. Studies presented to A.N. Sceglov on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Aarhus 2003, 397 pp. (edited with P. Guldager Bilde & J.M. Højte)

- Some reflections on the amphora stamps with the name of Amastris, in: P. Guldager Bilde, J.M. Højte & V.F. Stolba (eds.) The Cauldron of Ariantas. Studies presented to A.N. Sčeglov on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Aarhus 2003, pp. 279-301.

- Ny russisk forskning om Oldtidens møntvæsen i Sortehavsområdet, Nordisk Numismatisk Unions Medlemsblad 5-6, August 2002, pp. 88-90.

- Probleme der Numismatik von Nymphaion: einige Bemerkungen, Hyperboreus 8,1, 2002, 13-42 (In Russian).

- Panskoye I. Vol. 1. The Monumental building U6. Aarhus 2002, 577 p., Part 1: text, Part 2: plates (edited with L. Hannestad and A.N. Sčeglov)

- Preface, in: L. Hannestad, V.F. Stolba & A.N. Sčeglov (eds.) Panskoye I. Vol. 1. The Monumental building U6. Aarhus 2002, pp. 9-10 (with L. Hannestad and A.N. Sčeglov).

- Tiles and ceramic containers, in: L. Hannestad, V.F. Stolba & A.N. Sčeglov (eds.) Panskoye I. Vol. 1. The Monumental building U6. Aarhus 2002, pp. 101-126 (with V.I. Kac, S.Yu. Monachov & A.N. Sčeglov).

- Black-glazed, red-figured, and grey ware pottery, in: L. Hannestad, V.F. Stolba & A.N. Sčeglov (eds.) Panskoye I. Vol. 1. The Monumental building U6. Aarhus 2002, pp. 127-149 (with L. Hannestad & H.B. Hastrup).

- Handmade pottery, in: L. Hannestad, V.F. Stolba & A.N. Sčeglov (eds.) Panskoye I. Vol. 1. The Monumental building U6. Aarhus 2002, pp. 180-200.

- Graffiti and dipinti, in: L. Hannestad, V.F. Stolba & A.N. Sčeglov (eds.) Panskoye I. Vol. 1. The Monumental building U6. Aarhus 2002, pp. 228-244.

- Conclusion, in: L. Hannestad, V.F. Stolba & A.N. Sčeglov (eds.) Panskoye I. Vol. 1. The Monumental building U6. Aarhus 2002, pp. 280-282 (with L. Hannestad & A.N. Sčeglov).

- Coins Excavated and Found at the Yuzhno-Donuzlavskoye city-site (north-western Crimea), in: V. Zuev (ed.), SYSSITIA. Pamjati Yuriya Victorovicha Andreeva. St. Petersburg 2000, pp. 274-280 (with A. Golentzov)

- Coin finds from the excavations at the Yuzhno-Donuzlavskoye city-site (1964-1965), in: Phenomenon of the Bosporan Kingdom: Greek Culture at the Periphery of Ancient World. St. Petersburg 1999, pp. 349-352 (with A.S. Golencov).

- The Nikolaevsk Hoard of the 14th century AD Jujid silver coins, Archaeological News 6, St. Petersburg 1999, pp. 231-244 (with Ju.E. Varvarovskij)

- SAMMAS. Zur Prägung eines bosporanischen Tyrannen, in: U. Peter (ed.). Stephanos nomismatikos: Edith Schönert-Geiss zum 65. Geburtstag. Berlin 1998, pp. 601-611.

- The Second Eltigen Hoard of the Bosporan autonomous coins of the second half of the 5th century BC (IGCH 1004), Materials of the 6th All-Russian numismatic conference. St. Petersburg. 1998, pp. 41-43.

- Die autonomen Prägungen vom Bosporos im 5.-4. Jahrhundert v. Chr. und die Spartokiden, XIIth International Numismatic Congress. Abstract of Papers. Berlin 1997, pp. 122-123.

- Ein bithynisches Tetradrachmon mit spätrömischem Graffito aus Kopenhagen, Nordisk Numismatisk Aarskrift 1992-1993, Oslo-Stockholm 1997, pp. 5-11.

- Ein Münzfund aus Eupatoria von 1917 und der Beginn der Prägung von Kerkinitis, in: A. Miron, W. Leschhorn (eds.) Hellas und der griechische Osten. Studien zur Geschichte und Numismatik der griechischen Welt (Festschrift fuer Peter Robert Franke), Saarbrücken 1996, pp. 225-241.

- La courone de la déesse Parthènos: à propos d'un aspect du monnayage de Chersonèse au IVe- IIe siècle avant J.-C., Bulletin de l'Assotiation des amis du Cabinet des médailles 9, Lausanne 1996, pp. 11-20.

- Barbaren in der Prosopographie von Chersonesos (4.-2. Jh. v.Chr.), in: B. Funck (ed.), Hellenismus. Beiträge zur Erforschung von Akkulturation und politischer Ordnung in den Staaten des hellenistischen Zeitalters. Tübingen 1996, pp. 439-466.

- Explorations of the Russian-Danish Tarkhankut expedition in the Crimea, in: Archeologicheskie Otkrytija 1994 g. Moscow 1995, pp. 335-336 (with A. Sčeglov & L. Hannestad)

- Archaeological investigations at the settlement of Panskoye I in the Crimea, in: Izuchenie kul'turnych vzaimodejstvij i novye archeologicheskie otkrytija. St. Petersburg 1995, pp. 50-53 (with A. Shcheglov & L. Hannestad)

- Russian-Danish excavations at the settlement and necropolis of Panskoye I, Archaeological News 4, St. Petersburg 1995, pp. 288-290 (with A. Shcheglov et al.)

- Excavations at the settlement of Panskoye I, Krymskij muzej 1, Simferopol 1994, p. 149 (with A.N. Sčeglov)

- A Demographical Situation in the Crimea in 5th-2nd Cent. B.C. (according to written sources), Peterburgskij archeologiceskij vestnik 6, St. Petersburg 1993, pp. 59-61.

- Some personal names in Greek ceramic inscriptions from Chersonesos, Archaeological News 2, St. Petersburg 1993, pp. 107-113.

- A find of an Istrian coin in the north-western Crimea, in: Drevnee Prichernomor'e II. Odessa 1991, pp. 22-23 (with A. Gilevich & A. Shcheglov)

- A 4th Cent. B.C. house on the Settlement of Panskoye I: (Excavations of 1987), KSIA 204, 1991, pp. 78-84.

- Coinage of Cercinitis and some problems of Chersonese-Cercinitian relations in the 4th-3rd centuries B.C., in: Drevnee Prichernomor'e I, Odessa 1990, pp. 141-155.

- A Crisis of the Coin Circulation in Chersonese in 3rd century B.C., in: Problemy archeologii Severnogo Prichernomor'ja. Cherson 1990, pp. 40-43.

- Chersonesos and Scythians in the 5th - 2nd cent. B.C.: problems of interrelations. Abstract of the PhD thesis. Leningrad 1990, 16 p.

- Coins of Nymphaion in the system of Bosporan autonomous coinage of the 5th century B.C., in: Scythia and Bosporus. Materials of the conference in memoriam of M.I. Rostovzeff, Novocherkassk 1989, pp. 48-49.

- Once again on Kerkinitian coins of the 4th  3rd centuries B.C., in: Drevnee Prichernomor'e, Odessa 1989, pp. 49-50.

- Bosporan coins with the legend QEODEW - QEODEO, in: Problemy skifo-sarmatskoj archeologii Prichernomor'ja, Zaporož'e 1989, pp. 147-148.

- A New Dedication from the North-Western Crimea and Aspects of the Cult of Heracles in the Chersonesean State, VDI 4, 1989, pp. 55-70.

- Iranian Anthroponymics in the Prosopography of Chersonesos, in: Problemy issledovanija antichnogo i srednevekovogo Chersonesa 1888-1988, Sevastopol' 1988, pp. 109-111.

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