Fish from some archeological sites of Ukraine (2022)

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The dataset consists of records of fish species identified from different archaeological sites within Ukraine. The species were identified according to the remnants (bones and scales) that were found during the mining and studying of ancient settlements, graves, sawage areas etc. A total amount of 12 species identified with the research are mentioned.

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Kutsokon Y, Gorbanenko S (2022): Fish from some archeological sites of Ukraine (2022). v1.3. Ukrainian Nature Conservation Group (NGO). Dataset/Occurrence.


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Occurrence; archaeological site; Specimen; remnants; fish; fossil; Actinopterygii; bones; excavation; studies; Ukraine; achaeological site; mining; ancient settlements


Yuliia Kutsokon
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
senior researcher
I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine
Vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15
01030 Kyiv
Serhiy Gorbanenko
  • Originator
senior researcher
Institute of Archaeology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Oleksii Marushchak
  • Programmer
junior researcher
I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine
Vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15
01030 Kyiv

Geographic Coverage

The dataset covers the archaeological sites situated on the territory of Ukraine.

Bounding Coordinates South West [44.355, 21.797], North East [52.389, 40.122]

Taxonomic Coverage

The dataset consists of records identified based on fish remnants (Actinopterygii class).

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Cypriniformes, Acipenseriformes, Perciformes, Siluriformes, Esociformes

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period 1980/2020

Sampling Methods

The material was obtained mainly by filtering soil from objects (6 monuments), as well as by classical methods of archeology (3 monuments). That's all counted of 6524 remains of bones, scales and fish teeth. These are mostly materials from Kyrylivs'ka archaeological site, 37 for 2016 — 6,257 remains. The definition of the elements of the skeleton is completed with the help of the bone atlas of V. Radu (Radu, V. 2005. Atlas for the identification of bony fish bones from archaeological sites. Bucharest: Editura Contrast), as well as by its own comparative by the osteological collection of fish, created at I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kutsokon, Yu. K. Osteological collection of fish in the funds of the I. I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. In: Zagorodnyuk, I. (ed.). Nature museums: role in education and science: Materials of the IV International scientific conference. Kyiv, 2, p. 56-58). Scales were determined by the same comparative collection. Names of families and species of fish are listed in the work (Kutsokon, Yu. K., Kvach, Yu. V. 2012. Ukrainian names of lampreys and fish fauna of Ukraine for scientific use. Biological studies, 6, 2, pp. 199-220). In some cases, when identifying some remnants, the authors consulted with Ye. Yanish (I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). For some residues it was possible to determine the length of the individual, using collection samples with a known length in proportion.

Study Extent During 2018, definitions were received ichthyological remains from excavations of different years, mainly in 2016-2018, but also from 1980s. This dataset was prepared (correctly organized according to Darwin Core standards) and published with the help of the financial support of Center for Environmental Initiatives Ecoaction (
Quality Control The authors are fully responsible for the quality of data provided within the dataset.

Method step description:

  1. Finding fish remnants in the archaeological site during excavation process.
  2. Transporting the remnants (scales, bones and teeth) to the institute.
  3. Identifying of the species of fish according to standard methods.
  4. Finding out the approximate age of the remnants according to the date given to the settlemnt of other type of archaeological site studied.
  5. Georeferencing.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Куцоконь Ю. Археоіхтіологічні визначення 2018 рр. // Археологічні дослідження в Україні 2018. Київ: Інститут археології НАН України, 2020. С. 294 – 299.
  2. Тараненко С.П., Сергєєва М.С., Куцоконь Ю.К., Горбаненко С.А. Результати комплексних біоархеологічних досліджень матеріалів з розкопок Митрополичого саду Національного Києво-Печерського історико-культурного заповідника у 2017 р. // Могилянські читання 2018. Дослідження сакральних пам’яток України. Зб. наук. праць. Київ: Національний Києво-Печерський історико-культурний заповідник, видавництво «Фенікс», 2018. С. 278 – 283.
  3. Оленич, А. М., Сергєєва, М. С., Куцоконь, Ю. К., Горбаненко, С. А. 2019. Ранньослов’янське житло рибалки на території Київського Подолу: комплексні дослідження. Археологія і давня історія України, 1 (30), с. 241-253.
  4. Куцоконь Ю. Археоіхтіологічні визначення 2019 рр. // Археологічні дослідження в Україні 2019. Київ: Інститут археології НАН України, 2020. С.401 – 402.

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Alternative Identifiers 1f89ff85-e97c-4bb8-bfb6-562ef70679ff