The Prehistoric Collection

The prehistoric collection, containing some 78,000 varied artifacts, is one of the largest and most complete collections of its kind in this part of Europe. The varied material offers an insight into the development and sequence of cultures in the prehistoric period in historically Croatian regions, including the area of Syrmia (Srijem - now part of Vojvodina), in a span of almost seven millennia extending from the early Stone Age to the late Iron Age. This collection is composed of many important archaeological finds, including rich pottery and metal material essential for the study of the Copper Age Vucedol Culture, bronze and gold objects from numerous discovered hoards, and other quite varied material that through characteristic stylistic traits and manners of production offers a precious source of data about the everyday life of the population in the Bronze Age. The collection also contains considerable amounts of pottery of characteristic form and decoration for the early Iron Age, as well as jewellery in bronze and precious metals, and warrior equipment from the graves of various cultural groups of this period. Material exhibiting various typological traits of late Iron Age Celtic provenience is also well represented. The archaeological remains of the tribe of the Iapodes are particularly important, forming a separate unit in the framework of the collection as a whole.

Department Staff:
dr. sc. Jacqueline Balen, Head of the Department, museum advisor (jbalen@amz.hr)
Sanjin Mihelic, senior curator (smihelic@amz.hr)
Ivan Drnic, senior curator (idrnic@amz.hr)

  • The Prehistoric Collection
  • The Prehistoric Collection
  • The Prehistoric Collection
  • The Prehistoric Collection
  • The Prehistoric Collection