I graduated at the University of Grozny in history with focus on historical archaeology. I received my habilitation in Ukraine in 2008. I am a researcher at the Institute of Archaeology of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (Kyiv) and was the principal investigator in several interdisciplinary projects supported by the National Geographic Society, Swiss Scientific Foundation, and others. My main research interests focus on European and Caucasian Late Bronze and Iron Age, transitional epochs in archaeology, art history, semiotics of material culture, interrelations between environment and economy, cultural contacts and the ways of tracing these interactions based on archaeological evidence.
I have published three monographs and edited five books; moreoverI published more than 100 contributions in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and edited volumes in history and archaeology. Within the GAPAMET-project I will be responsible for data collection and evaluation of the bronze doors from Eastern Europe.