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Archaeology Department

The organisation and systematisation of collections at the Archaeology Department is based on classical chronological divisions, thus the department itself is divided into three sections: the Prehistory Section, the Classical Antiquity Section and the Middle Ages Section. The department also has a Conservation Workshop and a Documents and Records Section.

The archaeological collections cover all aspects of human life in Bosnia and Herzegovina (habitation, everyday life, economy, art, spirituality, religion, etc.), from the early Stone Age to the late Middle Ages. The artefacts were mostly gathered in the field, while a small portion were purchased or received as gifts.

In addition to their collection and curatorial activities, the staff engage in scientific and research work. The results of their research are processed and published in the Herald of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Archaeology, which has been in print ever since the museum was founded in 1888.

Archaeology department, Prehistory, money– meens of payment, late Republic period, 79. BC., Mala Gradina near Čapljina, Herzegovina

Silver Coin - Denarius serratus

Silver coin in the denomination of denarius. The obverse bears a representation of Juno Sospito’shead turned to the right carrying a goat’s skin, and on the left there is a symbol (a ring?).

arheologija antika posuda

Red-figure rhyton

Greek painted pottery is an important archaeological find because it helps in the reconstruction of the everyday life, trade, social relations, religion, and historic events of the period.

arheologija, srednji vijek, hagada, sarajevska hagada

Sarajevo Haggadah

If we were to pick the brightest gems from the treasure trove of material and intangible heritage kept in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is no way we could leave out the illuminated Jewish codex known around the world as the Sarajevo Haggadah.

arheologija srednji vijek križ

Cross from pre-Romanesque church in Vrutci

In 1960 and 1961, archaeological research was conducted at the Crkvina site near the village of Vrutci, not far from Ilidža near Sarajevo, in which a necropolis of 80 stećak tombstones was examined, along with the remains of a pre-Romanesque church mentioned in the charter of Béla IV of Hungary,

Belt end from Vrbljani

Several early mediaeval artefacts were discovered during archaeological exploration of a castle from late antiquity in Vrbljani near Ključ. Especially notable is the gilded bronze belt end decorated on both sides in the so-called insular style.