Since 2015 Vladimir Lapshin has been Director of the Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He gained his PhD at the Leningrad State University with the thesis: “The population of the central part of the Rostov-Suzdal’ region during the 10th to 13th century AD (based on the archaeological material)”. In 2011 he habilitated with the thesis: “The town Tver’ in the 13th-15th centuries”.

Vladimir Lapshin´s scientific interests are Medieval Archaeology, especially in the Northern parts of Kievan Rus’; the Formation of urban centres; Urbanization in Northern Europe and the Protection of cultural heritage. Furthermore he took part in many excavations: From 1978 till 1991 in Suzdal’ and its periphery; from 1983 till 1991 in archaeological investigation and documentation of the sites in an archaeological map of the Leningrad district (oblast’), from 1992 till 1998 in the old town of Tver’; from 1999 till 2007 in the Leningrad district (oblast’) again; from 2001 till 2002 in Nizhnyi Novgorod; from 2008 till 2013 in St. Peterburg and since 2015 in Old Ladoga.