Dr. Daria Ložnjak Dizdar, senior research associate
Daria Ložnjak Dizdar was born in Zagreb in 1976. She graduated in History and Archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb in 2000. She defended her Master's thesis in prehistoric archaeology in 2004 at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. In 2009, she defended her PhD dissertation “Northern Croatia in the cultural frame of southern Pannonia at the beginning of the Early Iron Age“, completed under the mentorship of Prof. Nives Majnarić-Pandžić, at the same Department.
She started working at the Institute of Archaeology in 2000, and since 2018 she has held the post of senior research associate, appointed to the academic title in 2017. She was an associate (expert associate, junior researcher) on the projects “The Mediaeval Archaeological Heritage of Continental Croatia from the 4th to the 16th century” (2000 – 2002) and “The Mediaeval Archaeological Heritage of Croatia from the 5th to the 16th century” (2002 – 2004), led by Dr. Željko Tomičić. From 2007 to 2013 she was an associate – junior researcher on the project “The development and mobility of protohistoric communities dwelling in the territory of continental Croatia“. She was principal investigator of installation research project Late Bronze Age morturary practices and societies in southern Carpathian Basin funded by Croatian Science Foundation from 2014-2017. She is project leader for Croatian part in bilateral project Austria-Croatia (MSE – OeAD) 2018-2019 „South connection: Spreading of Urnfield phenomena and mobility in Bronze Age“.
In 2019, she spent some time at the Institute for Orient and European Archaeology (OREA) Austrian Academy of Sciences with fellowship „JESH - Joint excellence in science and humanities“.
At the Institute of Archaeology, she participated as a team member in numerous systematic and rescue excavations (Vrbovec near Hum na Sutli, Ilok, Zvonimirovo, Virovitica – Kiškorija North, Gornji Vukojevac, Grabrić). She managed the rescue excavations at the Late Bronze Age and Early Mediaeval sites Virovitica-Đota on the route of the Virovitica ring road, at the multi-layer site Poljana Križevačka 2 on the route of the AN 12 motorway and at the multy-layer site Beli Manastir Širine 2 on the route of the 5C motorway, as well as numerous field surveys. She manages the archaeological investigations at the multi-layer site in Sotin and the Late Bronze Age cemetery in Dolina.
Since 2005, she has been an external collaborator at the undergraduate and graduate courses at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb. She teaches the course “Urnfield Culture“ in the graduate prehistory program. She also participates in the work of the doctoral studies program.
She was one of the organisers of the international conference “Beginning of the Late Bronze Age between the Eastern Alps and the Danube“, held in Osijek in 2011, organised by the Archaeological Museum in Osijek, the Institute of Archaeology, the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb and the Centre for Prehistoric Research. She organised the conference “Late Urnfield Culture between the Eastern Alps and the Danube“ in Zagreb in 2013 at the Institute of Archaeology. She was co-author (with M. Hutinec) of the exhibition “Archaeological knowledge of Sotin. Results of trial investigations 2008-2010“ at the Vukovar Municipal Museum in 2010. She was co-author (with S. Mihelić) of the synthesis exhibitions “Early Urnfield Culture in Northern Croatia - New Challenges“ at the Archaeological Museum in Osijek in 2011 and “Late Urnfield Culture in Northern Croatia“ at the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb in 2013.
She participated in the work of the desk editors of the journal “Contributions of the Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb“ (vol. 22-25) and “Annales Instituti Archaeologici“ (vol. I), and the editorial board of the several proceedings. She is a member of the Croatian Archaeological Society and the European Association of Archaeologists.
She deals with topics related to the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age, especially burial customs, chronology, ceramics and identities.