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Monday, 12 November 2012

International Festival Of Archaeological Films Took Place In Split Croatia

If anyone's read any of the history related posts on this blog, they'll realize I have this thing about Croatian history, medieval times and European history in general. (kings, dukes, queens, princesses, swords, chainmail armor, witches, wenches, trysts, conjuring wizards and sorcerers, intrigue, all that, like that HBO series "Game of Thorns"). This is a little known festival that took place in Split just a few days ago and only the 2nd edition so far.

This is the oldest museum in Croatia dating from 1820 and has some very historic displays from early Croatian history. (I walked by here on my way to the Mestrovic Gallery the last time I was in Split, but was short on time, more of these types of museums are on my list though, Croatia has tons of museums like you wouldn't believe, but then again, many times just walking around is like a free museum trip, history tucked in with the new everywhere and the landscape is dotted with ancient history)......  I did a post about early Croatian Medieval history, complete with the 7 part documentary series "Croatian Kings/Hrvatski Kraljevi" which you can check out HERE.

You'll learn also how Croatia/Croats/Croatians have had 2 names for many centuries, one etymologically derived from the other, which is very common yet also unique. (Depending on the sources sometimes and when or where written by writers even more, such as Goths, Slavs, Illyrians, Dalmatian, Sclaveni, etc. Here you can read about exonym and endonym)

You will also learn how Croats have left a very permanent historical imprint and legacy in that part of Europe, especially since arriving from areas north of the Dunube and in and around the Carpathians in the Early Middle Ages to ancient Dalmatia, Pannonia and Illyricum according to the reliable historical sources. When the early Croatian princes, dukes and superordinates eventually rose to bring forth kings also, our personal tribal/national name of Hrvat (Latinized as Croat) also arose to the forefront. (Derived from "Harvaða" which was the old name for the Carpathians and surrounding areas in the early common era, an ethnonym and tribal/national name directly connected to the earliest existence of any later Slavic languages speaking nations)

Some of the most  historic early medieval Croatian monuments and stone inscriptions are located here. This particular archaeological film festival in Split had films, displays and discussions and presentations by experts  about a variety of topics, not just Croatian history either.  Anyway, if you're in the area next time they hold it, check it out, admission to this film festival is free.......







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The 2nd International Archaeology Film Festival will take place in the Museum of Archaeological Monuments Split, November 8 – 9, 2012. Eighteen films will be in competition for the three Festival prizes and the Public Award. Archaeology films from Italy, France, Poland, Iran, Greece, USA, Slovenia, Ireland, Belgium and Croatia cover a wide range of interesting topics, among which is the awarded film from the recent Bordeaux Festival – Perfume Regained. Archaeology keeps an abundance of secrets such as those in the film about the great fire in Rome and emperor Nero's madness, the perfumes used in Antiquity, the secrets of the Vučedol calendar, Stonehenge, the ʺDesert Cathedralsʺ in Corsica, the city of the Deity Baal, the first Europeans, and many others...

Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in the city of Split.

Inscription of Duke Branimir from 879. [BRANIMIRO COM[MES] … DUX CRUATORVM COGIT[AVIT]..."Branimir Duke of Croats", see also examples-croatian-interlace-pleter-knotwork and intriguing-archaeological-find-duke-branimir

Inscribed slab in Croatian Glagolitic alphabet mentioning King Zvonimir from 1100. 

[azЪ opat[Ъ] Držiha pisahЪ se o ledin[n]e juže da ZЪvЪnim[i]rЪ kralЪ hrЪvatЪskЪÏ [vЪ] dni svojĘ vЪ svetuju Luciju i s[vedo]- mi županЪ Desimra KrЪ[ba]ve] ..." I, abbot Drъžixa, wrote this concerning the land which Zvonimir, the Croatian King, gave in his days to St. Lucia. And the witnesses [were] župan Desimira in Krbava".

The animated film The Secret of Kells will be screened twice out of competition - Thursday, November 8 at 15:00 and Friday, November 9 at 11:00.

As an accompanying program to the Festival film screenings is the exhibition about the extremely rich medieval archaeological heritage of the Island of Brač that will open Tuesday, November 6, at 12:00.

Author of the exhibition: Hrvoje Gjurašin. Author of photographs: Zoran Alajbeg.

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Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments


The MUSEUM OF CROATIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MONUMENTS (MHAS) is one of the oldest Croatian museums and the only museum in Croatia that was founded with the unique task to explore, collect, present and study the remains of tangible and intangible culture of the Croats from the Middle Ages, respectively from the 7th to 15th century, in particular from the time of the early mediaeval Croatian State (from the 9th to 12th century).

The Museum was founded under the name “First Museum of Croatian Monuments” in Knin in 1893. During World War II, fearing the threats of the war, it was initially moved to Sinj, later to Klis and finally to Split, where it is still located up to this date. From 1976, its archaeological treasure is kept and exhibited in the monumental and representative building that was designed by M. Kauzlarić.

Some of the artifacts located at the museum, above some swords discovered in the graves of Croatian warriors from the Middle Ages.

Stone inscription of Duke Trpimir, founder of the Trpimirović dynasty (around A.D. 845-864), see also examples-croatian-interlace-pleter-knotwork and intriguing-archaeological-find-duke-branimir

The Museum’s inventory consists predominantly of exemplars of various jewellery, weaponry and objects of everyday use, as well as a large number of stone monuments that were part of the interior of early Croatian churches. With its collection of early mediaeval interlacing-ribbon and figural sculptures and a large number of early Croatian epigraphic monuments in Latin, the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments possesses currently one of the greatest collections of such kind in Europe.

"There is no science or art, which has been levelled by pure coincidence and not by a system. Without it, all science would be a mere combination, simple dilettantism, if nothing but a waste of time."

Latin stone inscribed epigraph mentioning Croatian King Stephen Držislav as well as the Croatian ethnonym in an interesting and rare hybrid Latin and Croatian language spelling version of "HROATOR". CLV DUX HROATOR IN TE PUS D IRZISCLV DUCE MAGNU  

(Svetoslav, Duke of the Croats at the time of Drzislav the Great Duke) King Drzislav reigned between 969 to 997), see also examples-croatian-interlace-pleter-knotwork and intriguing-archaeological-find-duke-branimir

The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments has an extensive inventory of early Croatian archaeological heritage with about 20000 artifacts, out of which only 25% are displayed in a permanent exhibition. Inter alia, the most significant and historically most valuable collection is the selection of epigraphic monuments from the 9th to 12th century, depicting the engraved names of Croatian rulers, secular and ecclesiastic dignitaries.

The monarchical realms and political landscape of Continental Europe during the early 9th century.

This part of the Museum’s archaeological collection, as the oldest Croatian “archive” (archive in stone), has in this respect a unique historical documentary value. Besides museum work, the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments also conducts comprehensive archaeological excavations at early Croatian find spots, particularly in the south Croatian region between the Cetina and Zrmanja Rivers, i.e. in the cradle of the Croatian State, and Croatian Monarchies which oversaw the first Croatian Maritime and Navy activities, dealing extensively with exhibition and publication activities.

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