Andreja Kudelić, research associate
Andreja Kudelić was born in Zagreb in 1980. She graduated in Archaeology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb in 2007. Since completing her studies she has been actively participating in a number of field investigations conducted by the Institute of Archaeology, the Department of Archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb and the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb. In 2008 she started working at the privately owned archaeological company Kaducej doo. Since 2009 she has been working at the Institute of Archaeology as a junior researcher on the project “Genesis and development of Bronze Age communities in north Croatia“ (led by Dr. Snježana Karavanić). She began her doctoral studies in archaeology in 2009 and her dissertation deals with the technology of pottery production during the Bronze Age in northern Croatia. She actively participates in the archaeological excavations at the Kalnik-Igrišće site as deputy manager of the investigations, and since 2011 she has been continuously gathering information using non-invasive methods at the Kurilovec-Belinščica site. In June 2011 she attended the international summer school Non-invasive Field Archaeology in Ohrid.
In February 2013 she took part in the DITECUR course in Zagreb (Digital technologies in cultural landscape research) as part of the Erasmus intensive program organised in co-operation with universities in Slovenia, Austria and Slovakia. Since Autumn 2013 she has been leading workshops and lectures for archaeology students, titled “Using experimental archaeology to determine pottery production technologies in prehistory“, in co-operation with the Department of Archaeology and the Centre for Experimental Archaeology. Since 2011, she has been actively engaging with experimental archaeology and conducting a number of experiments with the aim of testing the technology of pottery production. In 2012, she founded the NGO Centre for Experimental Archaeology and is its current Head.
Since December 2013 she has been participating in interdisciplinary research on the bilateral project “Pottery in prehistoric cultures, with an emphasis on the Hallstatt culture in the Croatian and Austrian Danubian region“, in co-operation with the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering of the University of Zagreb and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) from Vienna, Austria. During a study visit to Vienna (February 2014) she became familiar with the methods of preparing and processing samples for the archaeometric analysis of ceramics at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.
Her research interests include Bronze Age archaeology, experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology of pottery, pottery production technology, archaeometric analysis of pottery, the behavioural approach in dealing with tangible and intangible heritage, tradition in archaeological tangible and intangible cultural heritage and landscape archaeology.
Research project and specialization: Pottery technology in the Bronze Age: thin-section ceramic petrography (A. Kudelić) at the laboratory of the Hungarian National Museum (mentor: A. Kreiter) – Bilateral (Croatia-Hungary) scholarship of the Hungarian Government (Tempus Public Foundation) and the Republic of Croatia (Agency for Mobility and EU Programs), lasting five months, 2017/2018.