NEW AGE: the lives of mothers and babies in the Balkan Neolithic – exhibition opening
In order to celebrate European Research Council’s 10th anniversary, the first ERC project in the Republic of Serbia BIRTH and BioSense Institute organized the exhibition NEW AGE: the lives of mothers and babies in the Balkan Neolithic in the exhibiting pavilion of the Central building of the University of Novi Sad. The exhibition was opened on 2nd of March 2017. by Mr Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission and Sofija Stefanović, Principal investigator of the BIRTH project, along with presence of the highest officials of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the highest officials of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, and with a presence of more than 50 colleagues from different heritage institutions.
Call for the visiting of the exhibition NEW AGE: the lives of mothers and babies in the Balkan Neolithic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9S5RbqwG0
Catalogue of the exhibition NEW AGE: the lives of mothers and babies in the Balkan Neolithic, DOI 10.5281/zenodo.1248521 https://www.zenodo.net/record/1248521#.XgzRRFVKjIV
Promo poster for the exhibition NEW AGE: the lives of mothers and babies in the Balkan Neolithic, DOI 10.5281/zenodo.1248528 https://www.zenodo.net/record/1248529#.Xgza_FVKjIU
Banner and bookmark for the exhibition NEW AGE: the lives of mothers and babies in the Balkan Neolithic, DOI 10.5281/zenodo.1248526 https://www.zenodo.net/record/1248527#.XgzbNlVKjIU
Images from the exhibition opening and of some of the exhibited artifact:
Pictures: ERC BIRTH project, Nikola Spasić and Srećko Milosavljević
Mr Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission and Sofija Stefanović, Principal investigator of the BIRTH project
Science for the Museums: the prehistory of Sombor and its surroundings in the light of new bioarchaeological research – exhibition
Catalog of the exhibition Science for the Museums
Over the course of the realisation of the ERC Project BIRTH, the researches on the project collaborated with a great number of museum institutions in Serbia and in the Balkans in general. This collaboration included the study, sampling and analysis of the (bio)archaeological material from the museum collections, the presentation of results at international conferences and their publication in scientific journals. However, the BIRTH project also strives to share its results with the wider community, and make them available to the public.
Consequently, the researchers of the BIRTH project collaborated with curators of the Town Museum of Sombor and the Museum Unit in Odžaci in setting up an exhibition and workshops for schoolchildren, in order to present the results of new bioarchaeological research of Early Neolithic (c. 6200–5600. cal BC) sites in the Bačka region (North-Western Serbia).
The exhibition Science for the Museums: the prehistory of Sombor and its surroundings in the light of new bioarchaeological research was funded by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, and supported by the European Research Council. It was opened on November the 12th 2019. in the Town Museum of Sombor by Peter Mraković, the director of the Town Museum of Sombor, prof. dr Sofija Stefanović, the principal investigator of the BIRTH project, and dr Ivana Živaljević, BIRTH project researcher and the leader of the Science for the Museums project. Numerous colleagues were present at the exhibition opening, including colleagues from the Department of Archaeology of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, The Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments in Novi Sad, Museum of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, BioSense Institute in Novi Sad, Museum Unit in Odžaci, Museum Unit in Bač, The Archaeological Museum in Zagreb and Archaeological Museum Osijek, as well as members of the public and the press.
The exhibition included artefacts and osteological remains from the Early Neolithic sites of Magareći mlin, Topole-Bač and Donja Branjevina, posters, illustrations and 3D models. The visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the first inhabitants on the territory of Bačka, when did they live, what did they look like and what was their health status, how did they bury their dead, feed their babies, what animals were hunted and kept, and when did humans start to consume animal milk. Apart from new discoveries, the exhibition presented novel methods which made those discoveries possible, and emphasized the potential of museum heritage for innovative science.
Over the course of five workshops for children aged from 4 to 12 years, the children had the opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art archaeological methods, participate in anthropological and archaeozoological analysis, and learn to make Neolithic pottery vessels and figurines.
Images from the exhibition opening and workshops:
Pictures: ERC BIRTH project
Author of the exhibition Dr Ivana Živaljević, Biosense institute, and Peter Mraković, director of the Town Museum of Sombor
Viktorija Uzelac, archaeologists, author of the exhibition, Town museum of Sombor
Workshops for children, ERC BIRTH project and Town Museum of Sombor: