Sanjin Mihelić, mr. sc.

Sanjin Mihelić, mr. sc.

Sanjin Mihelić, mr. sc.

Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Director

Sanjin Mihelić is a senior curator of the Prehistoric department of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb and the current Museum Director. He was born in Zagreb in 1971, and he graduated at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. He earned a Master’s degree at the Institute of Archaeology of the University College London with a thesis entitled Archaeology in Education and Tourism of Croatia. His professional and scientific interests are focused on the Bronze Age, but also prehistory in general and, especially, on subjects connecting archaeology and tourism, as well as management of cultural and archaeological heritage. He managed a dozen archaeological excavations in Croatia, e.g. a project focusing on the study of archaeological heritage of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, and took part in the international research project at Troy in Turkey for the period of four months (Project Troia). He is the author of numerous scientific and professional papers published both home and abroad, and also the editor of several books – Trade and Exchange in Prehistory, Archaeology and Tourism in Croatia, and Early Phase of Urnfield Culture in Northern Croatia. He was an associate of the scientific research project Creativity and Innovation in Middle and Late Bronze Europe financed through the HERA programme (Humanities in the European Research Area) and the manager of TheNeanderthal Trail, a national project integrating scientific research, site presentation and cultural tourism. Among his exhibitions noteworthy are Current Archaeological Excavations in Croatia and Croatian Archaeological Heritage. In 2009 he received from the Croatian Archaeological Society the annual award ‘Josip Brunšmid’ for his exhibition project Archaeology and Tourism in Croatia.