The Center is run by the Director, who is aided in his work by a Scholarly Council:
Prof. Piotr Węgleński - chairman
Prof. dr hab. Katarzyna Chałasińska-Macukow
Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Nowakowski
Prof. dr hab. Piotr Dyczek
Dr hab. Tomasz Scholl
Dr Marcin Matera
Mgr Janusz Recław
Prof. Wojciech Nowakowski, director
Dr Martin Lemke, coordinator
Prof. Piotr Dyczek- Director
Janusz Recław, MA - deputy director
Prof. Stefan S. Kozłowski
Dr Martin Lemke
Dr Krzysztof Narloch
Bartosz Wojciechowski, MA
Tomasz Płóciennik, MA
Agata Momot, MA
Regular associates of the Center: Prof. Tatiana Arsenieva, Valeri Cesnok (MA), Prof. Maria Cickova, Peti Donevski (MA), Plamen Dragancev, Paša Fljiugrant (MA), Dr. Evgenia Genceva, S. Iljašenko (MA), Prof. Karol Piasecki, Dr. Renata Ciolek, Dr. Piotr Borsuk, Ludmila Kozakova (MA), Ilija Laloševic (MA), Prof. Aleksandra Dimitrova-Milceva, M. Minkova (MA), Svetlana Naumienko (MA), Prof. Dimityr Popov, Pavlina Vladkova (MA), Eryk Bunsch (MA), Anna Grezak (MA), Dr. Joanna Piatkowska-Malecka, Dr. Jovica Martinovic, Vilma Kovacevic (MA), Predrag Lutovac (MA).
The Center carries out archaeological research on three sites: Novae ( Bulgaria ), seat of the First Italic Legion; Tanais ( Russia ), Greek and Roman trade settlement on the Don; and Rhisinium (Montenegro), capital city of the Illyrian Queen Teuta.
Our investigations are based on traditional archaeological methods supplemented with modern interdisciplinary research wherever needs and circumstances, also financial, allow. The Center organizes geophysical surveys, carries out analyses of aerial and satellite photos, conducts anthropological research and physico-chemical analyses of wall paintings, pottery and metal objects. Conservation of stone is carried out and casts made of selected objects. All the archaeological data is digitalized, including both architecture and small finds. Computer reconstructions of the architecture have also been prepared in the Center.
A DNA Laboratory was organized in 2000 in association with the Genetics Department of Warsaw University directed by Prof. Dr. Piotr Weglenski. It carries out research on DNA sampled from ancient human and animal bones. Work is currently being done on DNA from human skeletons found on two Roman cemeteries, one from the 6th and another from the 10th century, discovered at Novae, and yet another cemetery of the Globular Amphora Culture. Preparations are being made to begin analyzing, based on bones from the excavations at Novae, the DNA of ancient cattle from this part of Europe, and the bones collection of the Archaeology of the Environment Section of the Institute of Archaeology of Warsaw university, directed by Prof. Dr. Alicja Lasota-Moskalewska. All the tests are being done by Dr. Anna Stankovic (OBA UW) in cooperation with Dr. Piotr Borsuk and genetics students (Genetics Section, Warsaw University).
The Center has the facilities to carry out DNA analyses on commission from other scientific establishments. Interested parties should contact the Center.
While the Center is not responsible directly for teaching, it nonetheless provides practical training in archaeology for several students from Warsaw University and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. For many of them it is, not the least for financial reasons, the sole opportunity to learn about excavations in the Mediterranean. The archaeological material from the excavations has served as the framework for MA and PhD theses.
Last year three MA theses were written based on the results of the Center's work: Krzysztof Lasek – Military equipment discovered in the praetentura of the legionary camp at Novae; Marcin Matera, The sea, men and ships. The Roman fleet of the Imperial period; Anna Mróz – Ornaments from Sector IV at Novae discovered in 1985-2002.
Annually, a group of about 60 students cooperates with the OBA UW Center, participating in fieldwork and study of the finds.
The cooperation between the Center and the Institute of Archaeology and Faculty of History brings measurable scholarly effects to all institutions involved, not the least because some of the scholars doing the research are also employed in the Institute of Archaeology. Newly discovered archaeological material is made available to archaeologists and students alike, enriching the scholarly achievements of individual scholars as well as the Institute and Faculty. Our book collections and computer systems have also been combined in order to facilitate access to publications and other necessary materials.
The Center cooperates with Polish academic and scholarly institutions: Polish Academy of Sciences, Silesian University, Wroclaw University, Poznan University, Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw, National Museum in Warsaw – where a small collection of finds from Novae is being created in the Ancient Art Gallery. Our foreign partners include: Institute of Archaeology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Federation, Römisch-Germanische Kommission in Frankfurt, Centre de Recherches d'Archéologie Nationale in Louvain-la-Neuve, Rostov University on the Don, Archaeological Museum in Svištov, Archaeological Museum in Veliko Târnovo, Museum–Archaeological Park in Tanais, Regional Institute for the Protection and Cultural Heritage in Kotor.
The Center has three research grants out for the excavations at Novae, Risan and Tanais and supervises four individual research programs from University funds.