aerial photo of bribir archaeological site
Varvaria-Breberium-Bribir Archaeological Project
The project concentrates on the late antique and early mediaeval occupation of Bribir, one of the best preserved archaeological sites of Croatia. The project, led by Professor Victor Ghica, runs yearly excavations and a fieldwork school.
Varvaria-Breberium-Bribir Archaeological Project took over in 2014 the extensive excavation of the Bribirska Glavica hilltop. Dubbed “Croatia’s Troy” by Lujo Marun, its first excavator, the site has a long research history, initiated by Marun’s digs, in 1910. But it is the history of the site itself and of its seemingly uninterrupted occupation, from Neolithic through modern times, that singles it out. Liburnian fortified settlement turned into a Roman municipium, later on, in the 10th century, one of the fourteen earliest documented Croatian counties, and, under Paul I Šubić, de facto capital of a large territory comprising Dalmatia, Slavonia, Herzegovina and Bosnia, Bribir offers rare opportunities for archaeological investigation as it encapsulates a significant part of Dalmatia’s history.
The project concentrates on the late antique and early mediaeval phases of the site, in an attempt to shed light, through modern archaeological methods, on several critical issues raised by this period, which remains in many respects elusive: variations in urbanism patterns; communication networks and lines of exchange, including long-distance intracontinental contacts; the dynamic and chronology of the Christianisation process; the role played by the Dalmatian hinterland and its urban centres in the emergence of cultural, ethnic and religious identities, associated thus far with the coastal cities; etc.
Professor Victor Ghica (MF CASR) is the Field Director for this project. MF students have also been volunteering at the excavation as a part of their education every year since 2016.
For a complete list of the scientific team, and to learn more about student volunteering options, please visit the external site.