Ion Niculiță

Ion Niculiţă
Niculiţă Ion
Born (1939-05-27) 27 May 1939 (age 80)
Zărneşti, Cahul District
Alma materLomonosov Moscow State University
Known forThracology
Scientific career
InstitutionsMoldova State University

Ion Niculiţă (born 27 May 1939 in Zărneşti, Cahul District) is a Moldovan professor of archaeology, known for his contributions to the field of thracology. He is a relative of the Romanian archaeologist Vasile Pârvan.[1]


Having attended school in his native village, Niculiţă studied at the Faculty of History, University of Chişinău, from 1958 to 1963. Among his teachers were E. Rikman and R. Enghelgardt. As a first-year student, together with G. Samson, N. Grigoriev and V. Botnariuc he founded the Archeology Student Scientific Seminar (SŞSAIV), which continues to this day.[2]

Between 1963 and 1968 he worked as assistant to the chair of universal history at the Faculty of History, and 1968–1971 he was a PhD student of archeology at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, studying under such teachers as B. Rybakov, B. Grakov, A. Arcyhovskii, V. Janin, F. Kyzlasov, A. Meliukova and I. Jacenko. His thesis, submitted in 1972, was about the Getae east of the Carpathians in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.[1]

Academic career

Returning to Moldova he was appointed lecturer in the Ancient and Medieval History Department. Advancing through the ranks, he became Chair of Archaeology and Ancient History in 1984, and between 1993 and 2002 he was Dean of the Faculty of History. In 1991 he obtained his habilitation in history for the work "Northern Thracians in the 6th through 1st Centuries BC".[1]

Niculiţă's scientific interests are focused on the cultural interactions in Southeast Europe between the end of the 2nd Millennium BC and the beginning of the 1st Millennium AD, in particular: ethnogenesis aspects of early Thracian history, Geto-Dacian history and civilization, Daco-Romanian continuity and processes of Romanization, etc.

In order to focus their research, Niculiţă organized the Scientific Research Laboratory on Thracology in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History in 1990. Under his leadership a number of archeological sites have been studied, such as Dănceni, Suruceni, Butuceni, Hansca, Sobari, Trebujeni, Maşcăuţi, Saharna and those on the Lower Danube as well as Novosel'skoye and Orlivka (Kartal) in Ukraine.

In 1992 Niculiţă was elected member of the International Council of Indo-European and Thracian Studies. Currently he a member of the editorial boards for scientific journals like SCIVA (Bucharest), Istros (Brăila), Cumidava (Brasov) and Tyrageţia (Chişinău).

His efforts through 40 years have resulted in five monographs and more than 120 papers published in national and international journals.


  1. ^ a b c "Ion Niculiţă, profesor universitar, doctor habilitat în istorie" (in Romanian). Timpul. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  2. ^ "50 de ani de la fondarea Seminarului de Arheologie (1958–2008)" (in Romanian). Moldova State University. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010.

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