I have an MSc (2008) and a PhD (2015) in Archaeology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and a MA (2014) in Fashion Design from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. I worked as a curator in the Archaeological museum of Istria in Croatia. I currently work as a Research Assistant for Manar al-Athar, www.manar-al-athar.ox.ac.uk (Director: Judith McKenzie).
I have researched Late Antique and Early Mediaeval sacred architecture and stone sculpture found in Pula (Istria, Croatia), ceramic oil lamps (from the Roman period and Late Antiquity), and glassware (from the Roman period to Modern times). My PhD thesis, Late Antique and Early Medieval architecture and sculpture at the St. Theodore locality in Pula in the context of concurrent findings from Pula and the larger area of Istria, (in preparation for publication), discusses the church related material from the St Theodore site within the context of the surrounding areas of Pula, Istria, present-day Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. During my master’s studies in Fashion Design I examined Roman period costume and created several collections of authentically reconstructed garments. From my work as a Research Assistant on the Manar al-Athar project I have developed an interest in the costumes depicted on Armenian church sculpture and frescoes and I plan to focus my further research in that direction.
Late Antiquity, Early Middle Ages, church architecture, church sculpture, costume, decoration, iconography.
Glass artefacts dating back from the Roman period to the Post Medieval period were found during archaeological excavations in 2005 in the upper layers of the site in the St Theodore Quarter in Pula. The glass artefacts presented in this paper are attributed to the sepulchral context as well as associated with liturgical functions and inventory of a church with a cemetery that existed at the site during the period of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.
Roman glass, glass from Late Antiquity, church inventory, liturgy, stemmed goblets, glass lamps, Medieval glass, Post Medieval glass
The 2016 revision excavations of the triconch church in Bilice
The paper presents the results of the revision excavations of the
early Christian triconch church in Bilice. Discovered and excavated in the 1900s on Dedića Punta site, the structure has not
been researched ever since. The revision excavations that began
in autumn 2016 should therefore establish the condition of this
early Christian complex, interpret it scientifically and enable its
conservation and presentation. The 2016 excavations revealed
the foundation walls of a triconch church and parts of the walls of
its northeastern and southeastern additions. This paper analyzes
the characteristics of the sacral architecture discovered there,
providing also an overview of the movable finds (a stone frag-
ment with moldings, pottery and glass). Evidence from archive
sources and the references about the site found in literature are
Early Christian chancel panel from St Theodore's Quarter in Pula
From the locality of St. Theodore’s quarter originates a stone
slab from the period of Late Antiquity that contains figural and
symbolic representations etched in a low relief. The conducted
analysis of the slab’s motifs and morphology draws the conclusion
that it could have been a part of an chancel panel of an early Christian church.
Late Antiquity, Early Christianity, chancel panel iconography, figurality, cross, Christogram, ivy, dove, lilies
Lamps from the upper layers of a site in Pula's St Theodore's Quarter
The ceramic lamps presented in this paper originate from the upper layers of a site in Pula’s St Theodore’s quarter, where a rescue archaeology investigation was conducted between 2005 and 2009. The stratigraphic unit in which these lamps were found is above the Classical Antiquity layer - it has, however, been disturbed by subsequent interventions: both Classical Antiquity period and Late Antiquity period lamps were found in the same layer.
This paper discusses lamps that can be typologically determined to be those with volutes, with round nozzles, with potter’s stamps (Firmalampen) and Late Antiquity (“African”) lamps.
St Theodore’s quarter in Pula, Late Antiquity, ceramic lamps, Roman lamps, Late Antiquity lamps