Darko Komšo

Darko Komšo
Archaeological Museum of Istria, Pula, Croatia · Prehistoric Department

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The paper presents the results of archaeological research carried out as part of the Croatian Science Foundation project entitled ‘Prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Istria and adjacent regions: patterns of Late Pleistocene lifestyle (PREHISTRIA)’ in the 2021 season, when systematic research was carried out in Ljubićeva Pećina, near Marčana, and Abri...
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Over a dozen Mesolithic cave and open-air sites have been recently excavated in Istria, Croatia, as part of the project entitled 'Palaeolithic and Mesolithic settlements in the Northern Adriatic'. Late Upper Palaeolithic cave sites are found only on the edge of upland karstic areas; regular upland settlement starts in the Early Mesolithic period. M...
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Rock art has been poorly investigated in Croatia and in the southeast of Europe. The CRORA (CROatian Rock Art) project was launched in 2009 and aims to systematically catalogue, valorize, and present rock art in Croatia. This project has identified 122 parietal art sites (rock art engravings and paintings) in Croatia, dated from the Palaeolithic to...
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Perforated shells figure prominently in discussions of exchange systems and body ornamentation during the Mesolithic in Europe. In this paper we discuss assemblages of perforated snail shells recovered from recent excavations of Mesolithic sites in Croatia. Numerous finds are found in several sites in Northern Adriatic and in Zala Cave in Croatia's...
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Paleolithic art offers unique perspectives on prehistoric societies and cultures. It is also considered a key component of modern human behavior. Until recently, Paleolithic artworks were thought to be geographically restricted to a very few areas, especially southwestern Europe. Discoveries of art in other parts of Europe and other parts of the gl...
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During the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, 30 to 16.5 ka ago), the Great Adriatic-Po Region (GAPR) was deeply affected by the spread of glaciers from the Alps to the southern foreland and by the dropping of the sea level to ~ -120 m amsl. The combination of these two events triggered the aggradation of the Great Po Plain (GPP), a vast flat area between...
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Rad donosi rezultate terenskog istraživanja u Ljubićevoj pećini kod Marčane u Istri, provedenog u 2019. godini. Tijekom terenskog rada provedeno je lasersko skeniranje dijela lokaliteta te geofizikalna mjerenja gornje etaže pećine. Navedena mjerenja poslužit će u svrhu kvalitetnijeg planiranja budućih sustavnih arheoloških istraživanja navedenog lo...
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Rad donosi rezultate terenskog istraživanja u Ljubićevoj pećini kod Marčane u Istri, provedenog u 2019. godini. Tijekom terenskog rada provedeno je lasersko skeniranje dijela lokaliteta te geofizikalna mjerenja gornje etaže pećine. Navedena mjerenja poslužit će u svrhu kvalitetnijeg planiranja budućih sustavnih arheoloških istraživanja navedenog lo...
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Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) surveys were conducted at the Velika Pećina near Kličevica and Romuald's Cave sites in Croatia in 2014 and 2015. The goal of the surveys was to estimate sediment depth to bedrock. However, neither survey produced reliable results at the 0.5 m probe spacing. In 2017, the Romuald's Cave site was revisited utili...
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Rock art is key for understanding European Palaeolithic societies. Long thought to have been restricted to South-west Europe, recent discoveries on the Balkan Peninsula have expanded significantly the geographic distribution of Upper Palaeolithic figurative rock art, calling into question the idea of its limited distribution. This article presents...
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European farmers' first strides from the south The early spread of farmers across Europe has previously been thought to be part of a single migration event. David Reich and colleagues analyse genome-wide data from 225 individuals who lived in southeastern Europe and the surrounding regions between 12000 and 500 BC. They analyse this in combination...
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Krajem 1579. i tijekom 1580., veronski biskup Agostino Valier obišao je po nalogu pape Grgura XIII. biskupije na području Istre. Spomenuta vizitacija opisana je u opsežnom korpusu do sada neobjavljenih spisa koji sadrže vrijedne podatke za poznavanje povijesti Istarskog poluotoka. U okviru posjeta Porečkoj biskupiji, biskup Valier i njegovi suradni...
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As a part of the multidisciplinary project entitled ‘Archaeological Investigations into the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene of the Lim Channel, Istria’, archaeological research has been conducted at four sites: Romuald's Cave, Abri Kontija 002, Pećina at Rovinjsko Selo and Lim 001 (Figure 1). There is much debate on issues related to biological...
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Earth Resistance Tomography (ERT) is a geophysical prospecting technique that has the capacity to model subsurface sediments. This technique is applied at the Cave near Rovinjsko Selo 1 site which is in the Lim Channel, Croatia. ERT is used as a means for positively identifying a previous excavation trench location within site which, in turn, infor...
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U okviru nastojanja protureformacije, u kontekstu Tridentske obnove, papa Grgur XIII. naložio je veronskom biskupu Agostinu Valieru da posjeti biskupije na području Istre i ustanovi kakvo je opće stanje u njima, da otkrije provode li se u spomenutim biskupijama odluke Tridentske obnove te da ustanovi postoje li među lokalnim stanovništvom heretici...
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Farming was first introduced to southeastern Europe in the mid-7th millennium BCE - brought by migrants from Anatolia who settled in the region before spreading throughout Europe. However, the dynamics of the interaction between the first farmers and the indigenous hunter-gatherers remain poorly understood because of the near absence of ancient DNA...
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During 1579 and 1580, Agostino Valier, bishop of Verona, on demand of pope Gregory XIII, visited Istrian dioceses. As a part of visit to Diocese of Pula, bishop Valier and his entourage visited Barban. The visit was described in detail in a comprehensive report, containing precious information on Istrian history. The article begins with general fr...
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One of the most stunning depictions of music and dance in Croatia has been preserved on the tenth century Pula bone casket. It is one of a group of some forty medieval caskets fabricated in Byzantine workshops in Constantinople. They are rectangular and are known as the "Rosette caskets" because of the floral ornamentation framing the relief decora...
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This paper discusses pictographs found in an abri near Selce. There are no significant similarities between the Povilac pictographs and those at other sites. They are most likely a recent work, created at most a few decades ago. Although the pictographs have been entirely destroyed by weathering effects, photographs made of them, a selection of whi...
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U radu je napravljena analiza biskupske vizitacije Dvigrada, koju je obavio veronski biskup Agostino Valier. Biskupska vizitacija biskupa Valiera iz 1579. i 1580. donosi nova saznanja o Dvigradu i njegovim stanovnicima, ali i njegovoj bogatoj povijesti. The paper made an analysis of Episcopal visitations of Dvigrad, which was conducted by the Bisho...
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In the attempt to understand culture and social behavior of prehistoric populations, findings of personal ornaments are of particular interest. Personal ornaments in their formal expressions (marine shells and snails, river snails, animal teeth, modified animal bones etc.) not only point to an universal idea of decoration and aesthetic sensibility,...
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Perforated shells figure prominently in discussions of exchange systems and body ornamentation during the Mesolithic in Europe. This paper discusses assemblages of perforated marine (Columbella rustica) and freshwater (Lithoglyphus naticoides) snail shells recovered from recent excavations of Mesolithic sites in Croatia. Numerous finds occur in sev...
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In this paper we assess the potential for the survival and investigation of submerged prehistoric sites and cultural landscapes in the eastern Adriatic. We review previous underwater prehistoric fi nds from the region and evaluate their signifi cance. Most of these fi nds were made in shallow water close inshore and likely date to the Neolithic–Ear...
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A group of Copper Age shaft-hole axes from Caput Adriae (northeastern Italy, western Slovenia and northwestern Croatia) manufactured using meta-dolerite have been analysed for major and trace elements. All the samples show magmatic textures and well recognizable relicts of primary mineralogical phases. Petrographic observations suggest an ophioliti...
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In 2009, a project called CRORA (CROatian Rock Art) was launched, which aims to systematically catalog, valorize and present rock art in Croatia. As a part of this project, a total of 123 sites with rock art engravings and paintings in Croatia, dating from the Paleolithic to the Modern age, were recorded, pointing out that this area, with its numerous karst phenomena, is an extremely potential region for further systematic survey and study of rock art.
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Integrating Neandertal Legacy: from past to present is a COST program (CA 19141). The main goal of this program is to create an online database where all Neandertal sites will be references with all their characteristics. See : http://inealcost.inantro.hr/
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PALAEOARTEAST examines a number of cave art sites in the Balkans, an area important for understanding the arrival of Anatomically Modern Humans (AMH) in Europe and the origins of Pleistocene art and symbolism in this continent. It mainly focuses on the sites of Romualdova pecina and Badanj, the two first cave sites where archaeologists discovered palaeolithic images in SE Europe, which becomes PALAEOARTEAST a natural continuation of our previous project: BALKARTS. Additionally, we study of other Eastern European cave art sites, such as Kapova (southern Urals, Russia) with the aim of comparing and linking the symbolic behaviour of these populations. The project is led from the University of Southampton and majorly funded by the British Academy in the context of the Newton International Fellowships program.