The Medieval Collection

The Mediaeval Department is the youngest department of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, independently active only since 1945. The department collection consists of more than 5500 artifacts and stone monuments from various chronological periods, and represents one of the most encompassing and varied mediaeval archaeological collections in Croatia. The material includes the archaeological remains of the numerous peoples, tribes, and ethnic groups who were settled or only briefly stayed in these regions (Huns, Ostrogoths, Gepids, Lombards, Heruli, Avars, Kutriguri, Ugri, Hungarians, and others). Important archaeological material from continental (northern) and coastal (southern) Croatia is represented in the collection, as well as numerous archaeological objects from certain neighboring regions or lands (such as Vojvodina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.). The earliest artifacts date to the Migration Period, followed by the period of the Avaric invasions and the immigration of the southern Slavs, predominantly Croats, extending all the way to examples of the religious and material culture of the varied ages of the high and late Middle Ages.

Particular attention is drawn by the famed inscription bearing the name of the Croatian Prince Branimir from 888 AD, as well as examples of Germanic jewellery, and warrior equipment and weaponry (5th/6th cent.), the famous brick from Sirmium bearing witness to the Avar conquest of this important late Roman city (in 568 AD), the find of early Byzantine jewellery from Cadjavica (6th/7th cent.), and the jewellery and decorative elements of the Bijelo Brdo Culture (10th - 12th/13th cent.), not the mention the even more varied jewellery, weapons, and tools of the high and late Middle Ages (13th-15th cent.).

Stručni djelatnici:

Maja Buncic, senior curator (mbuncic@amz.hr)

Anita Dugonjić, curator (adugonjic@amz.hr)

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Medieval Collection
  • The Medieval Collection
  • The Medieval Collection
  • The Medieval Collection
  • The Medieval Collection