Alla Nikolova is researcher at the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Her research is concerned with questions on the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age in the Eastern European steppe. Her approach combines relative chronological and statistical operations.  For many years she has been conducting excavations at burial mounds in the North Pontic steppe. As a fellow at Topoi  her work on culture chronologic relations from the 4th to 3rd century BC will contribute to research project (A-2-1) Pastorialism by searching for answers regarding questions on pastorialism in Eastern Europe.