Seminar – The history of Belarus through the prism of numismatic research

June 6, 17.00 Warsaw time, online seminar


Vital Sidarovich (University of Warsaw)
Antique coins and the beginning of monetary circulation in Belarus

Mikalai Plavinski (University of Warsaw)
Viking Age hoards on the territory of Belarus as numismatic and archaeological sources

Raman Krytsuk (National Museum in Warsaw)
Talers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: myths and legends

Valery Kabrynets (Independent researcher, Warsaw)
Foreign coin in the circulation of the Commonwealth on the example of the coins of the Russian Tsardom


Lecture by Prof. François-Xavier Fauvelle

We cordially invite you to a lecture by Prof. François-Xavier Fauvelle (Collège de France in Paris). Lecture “Cultural Diversity, Ecological Thresholds, and the African Middle Ages” will take place on April 3, 2023 (Monday), at 17:00 in the Column Hall of the Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw. In addition, there will be a discussion about the book “Penser l’Histoire de l’Afrique”.


Africa is a surprisingly diverse continent in terms of cultures, as is illustrated by the diversity in languages, traditional systems of social organization, political systems, techniques, or traditional food production economies. Why is it so? What can we make of this diversity in terms of history? A closer look into the history of several regions of Africa suggests that this diversity is a social response to the environmental diversity of the African continent: in Africa probably more than elsewhere, societies had to adjust to very constraining milieus and to find new opportunities in them. It is thus interesting to observe that many African polities in the Middle Ages had their capital on ecological thresholds. Based on documented examples from the Horn of Africa (the sultanate of Ifât), West Africa (the kingdoms of Ghâna and Mâli) and East Africa, it is suggested that such environments worked as places of both ethnic differentiation and commercial interfaces with the broader medieval world.

Bio François-Xavier Fauvelle

François-Xavier Fauvelle is the Professor of Ancient African History and Archaeology at the Collège de France in Paris. A former director of several research institutions in France and abroad, he organized and hosted the biennial meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists in 2016. He was the coordinator of several research programs in Africa, mainly in Ethiopia and in Morocco. He is the author or editor of around 20 books and the author or coauthor of around 150 academic articles. His book The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages, originally published in French in 2013, received the main French award for academic history books; it was published in Polish (Złoty nosorożec : dzieje średniowiecznej Afryki, Dialog, 2018). He recently published Penser l’histoire de l’Afrique (2022) et Les Masques et la mosquée : l’empire du Mâli (2022).

Invitation to the lecture

Department of Archaeology of Barbaricum and the Roman Provinces invites to the lecture presented by Dr Alexander Sarantis from the Faculty of History University of Warsaw. The lecture entitled “Avar-Slav Raiding Warfare and the Balkan ‘Dark Age’, 581-750: An Archaeological Survey” will take place on 22nd March 2023 (Wednesday) at 9.45–11.15 a.m. in the Faculty of Archaeology UW, room 2.06. Invitation with summary of the lecture

The secret life of furniture. A different view on beds, chairs, and thrones – lecture

We would like to invite you to a lecture of

Dr. Manon Schutz

(The University of Oxford and Universität Münster)

The secret life of furniture. A different view on beds, chairs, and thrones

The online lecture will take place on March 7 at 4.45 PM:

The lecture will be held as part of the seminar “Archaeology of Egypt and Nubia” (Faculty of Archaeology, University of Warsaw).