Tajana Sekelj Ivančan

Identification number of the scientist: 170984

URL for web site: Link to CROSBI profile: http://bib.irb.hr/lista-radova?autor=170984

Tajana Sekelj Ivančan was born December 1, 1963, in Varaždin, and attended elementary and secondary school in Zagreb.



All degrees granted by the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

1999 PhD

Archaeological Settlements of the Area Between the Sava and Drava Rivers in Croatia from the 10th to 13th Centuries

1992 Master

The Medieval Sites of Northern Croatia – The State of Research and Statistics about Medieval Sites of the Continental Section of Croatia up to 1991

1988 BA



2011 - to the present: Employed as a research counselor (Scientific adviser) (IARH).



-          1989-2002 Employed as a junior researcher/research assistant (trainee) in the Institute of Historical Sciences, now the Institute of Archaeology (further IARH), where she continues to work.

-          2002-2005 Employed as a research associate (IARH).

-          2006-2010 Employed as a senior research associate /Senior scientific associate/ (IARH).



-          In 1990 received a grant to attend the seminar Protostoria e storia di Aquilei e dell' arco Adriatico in Aquileia, Italy.

-          2012 – Received the annual "Josip Brunšmid" award from the Croatian Archaeological Society for the scientific monograph "Podravina in the Early Medieval Period".



A/ Mentorship of a research assistant

-          2008 – 2013: Mentor to the research assistant Siniša Krznar on the project The Medieval Settlement of Northern Croatia in the Light of Archaeological Sources, who received his doctorate in 2012 and is currently employed at the IARH as a postdoctoral researcher.

B/ Member of the committees for evaluation of postgraduate research MA theses and PhD dissertations in archeology at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Zagreb

-          2013 – Doctoral dissertation  “Weapons of the 10th-15th Centuries from Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Archaeological Context”, candidate Mirsad Sijarić;

-          2013 – MA thesis “Archaeological Objects from the Migration Period (End of the 4th – End of the 6th centuries) from Pannonia in the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb”, candidate Jana Škrgulja;

-          2007 – MA thesis “The Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Čazma”, candidate Ana Azinović Bebek.



From 2007 to the present has participated in holding individual classes in doctoral studies in the field of medieval archaeology at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Zagreb (2012 - Ivanka Marija Jurić and Danijela Roksandić; 2014 - Robert Čimin; 2015 - Pia Šmalcelj Novaković: 2016 - Tonka Matana).



June 2014 – Member of the Organizing Committee for the 1st International Scientific Conference (ISC) on Cemeteries and Funerary Customs in the Middle and Early Modern Ages in Northern Croatia (Institute of Archaeology, Zagreb, Croatia /IARH/).

June 2015 - Member of the Organizing Committee for the 2nd ISC on Medieval Settlements in the light of archaeological research (IARH) - the main organizer.

June 2016 - Member of the Organizing Committee for the 3rd ISC on Sacralization of space and sacred places (IARH).



-          From 1998 to the present: Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Archaeology.

-          2010 – 2013: Assistant Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Croatia.


MEMBERSHIPS (e.g. scientific committees or associtation; evaluation committees, editorial boards; etc.; specify the year and name of the institution) (if applicable)

A/ Scientific Commission and Committee for Evaluation

Member of the expert committee for the election to scientific titles in the humanities, in the field of archeology, at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Zagreb.

B/ Journal editing:

-          1999 – 2001: Member of the Editorial Board of the foreign journal Studia archaeologica Slovaca mediaevalia, Slovanská akamémia vied, Filozoficá fakulta Univerzity Komenského, Bratislava (Vol. II/1999 and III-IV/2000-2001).

-          2005 – to the present: Member of the Editorial Board of the scientific A1 journal Prilozi Instituta za arheologiju u Zagrebu.

-          2005 – 2013: Member of the Publishing Council of the journal Anali Instituta za arheologiju.

-          2003 – to the present: Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Cris, Časopis Povijesnog društva Križevci.

-          2012 – to the present: Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Podravina, Časopis za multidisciplinarna istraživanja.

-          Main and executive editor of several monographs dealing with medieval themes, and reviewer of several renowned scientific monographs on Croatian archeology.



Namee of collaborators, Topic, Name of the institution, City, Country

A/ Scientific collaboration:

-          1997-1999 – On the basis of cooperation with Slovenian colleagues (Mitja Guštin) invited to be the coordinator for Croatia for the international medieval archaeology project with Slovenia: The Fortification System Between Šentjernej and  Samobor, with Special Emphasis on the Gorjance/Žumberak Heights and the Krka and Kupa River Valleys.

-          1998 – 2001 – Directed a stimulus project for young scientists: Typological-Chronological Analysis of Pottery in Northern Croatia – 10th-13th Centuries (Croatian Ministry of Science and Education).

-          2005 - On the basis of cooperation with Hungarian colleagues (Miklos Takacs) gave an invited paper at the international conference RURALIA VI – Arts and Crafts in Medieval Rural Environment “The Earth and Wood Fortification in the Podravina Region and its Relationship to the Settlement and Cemetery”, Szentendre-Dobogoko (Hungary), also with a poster “An Early Medieval Fisherman's Settlement in the Drava River Basin”.

-          2002-2006 – Led the scientific project An Archaeological Image of the Medieval Settlements of Podravina (Croatian Ministry of Science and Education). In the framework of the project, several independent archaeological excavations took place of medieval settlements near Torčec (sites: Ledine, Cirkvišče, Gradić, Blaževo pole, Prečno pole I, Pod Panje, Pod Gucak, Rudičevo (2002-2008) and achieved a series of scientific cooperation with other branches of humanities, as well as other sciences, both with institutions in Croatia and abroad for interdisciplinary analysis of the collected material in an effort to apply more detailed consideration of the finds with the aim of the most complete scientific publication of all obtained results (Renata Šoštarić PhD - Botanički zavod Prirodoslovno-matematičkog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu /archaeobotany/; Snježana Kužir PhD, Tajana Trbojević Vukičević PhD - Zavod za anatomiji Veterinarskog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagreb /zooarchaeology/; Mario Šlaus PhD, Mario Novak PhD - Odsjek za arheologiju HAZU /bioarchaeology/; Ines Krajcer Bronić PhD - Institut «Ruđer Bošković» /radiocarbon analysis/; Metka Culiberg PhD - Biološki institut «Jovan Hadžija» Znanstvenoraziskovalni centar SAZU, Ljubljana /analysis of wood /; Katarina Čufar PhD - Arheološki institut SAZU, Ljubljana, Odjel za drvo Biotehničkog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Ljubljanu) /dendrochronology/; Branko Mušić PhD – Univerza v Ljubljani, Filozofska fakulteta, Oddelek za arheologijo, Ljubljana /geophysics and magnetometry/.

B/ Presenting knowledge to the public:

-          2003 – co-author (with T.Tkalčec PhD) of the museum exhibition New Archaeological Investigations in the Podravina Region, displayed in the Municipal Museum of Koprivnica.

-          2011 – Participated in the exhibition Archaeological Rescue Excavations of the Multilayer Site Virje – Volarski breg (2008, 2010) and Delovi – Grede 1 (1982), displayed in the Municipal Museum of Koprivnica, Croatia.

-          2013 - co-author (with T.Tkalčec PhD) of the museum exhibition The Archaeological Site of Buzadovec-Vojvodice, today part of the permanent display of the Museum Collections POU Vrbovec, Patačić Mansion, Croatia.

-          2016 - co-author (with Siniša Krznar PhD and Robert Čimin) of the museum exhibition Archaeology of Torčec. Selection from the archaeological collection of the Zvijerac family, Municipal Museum of Koprivnica, May 21st - September 21st 2016, Croatia.    

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