Dr. Snježana Vrdoljak, senior research associate
Snježana Vrdoljak was born in Zenica (Bosnia-Herzegovina) in 1966. In 1992 she graduated in History and Archaeology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb. Two years later she received her Master's degree from the Department of Archaeology at the same Faculty and in 2000 she defended her doctoral dissertation “The problem of the transition from the older to the younger phase of the Urnfield culture in northern Croatia“.
In 1992 she started working as a junior researcher at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb (project led by Dr. Nives Majnarić Pandžić) where she worked until 2001, when she left and joined the Institute of Archaeology on a project led by Dr. Kornelija Minichreiter. In 2004 she was appointed to the academic title of research associate and in 2010 to the title of senior research associate. She is head of the following research projects: 1997 – 1999 the research project for junior researchers of the Ministry of Science; from 2002 to 2007 the research project of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports “Middle and Late Bronze Age in Slavonian Posavina“; from 2007 to 2013 she was head of the research project “The genesis and development of Bronze Age communities in northern Croatia“.
In 1993, she spent some time at the Department of Archaeology in Ljubljana and in 1994 in Vienna with a scholarship of the Austrian Institute of East and Southeast European Studies (the Konstantin Jireček scholarship). In 1995 and 1997 she received a scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Technology in Vienna (Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, supervisors Prof. Andreas Lippert and Prof. Gerhard Trnka). In 1998 she spent some time at the Department of Archaeology at Cambridge University as a visiting scholar. She received the Dean's award as one of the best students at the University of Zagreb (1989 and 1990).
She was co-author of exhibitions on the archaeological investigations at the Kalnik – Igrišće site in 1993 and 2011. She was a member of the editorial board of the journal “Opuscula Archaeologica –Papers of the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Zagreb“, and she is currently a member of the editorial board of the journal “Contributions of the Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb“. She is a member of the Croatian Archaeological Society and the European Association of Archaeologists.
Her research interests include the archaeology of the European Bronze Age with an emphasis on the Bronze Age of northern Croatia. She is also interested in analyses of Late Bronze Age ceramics and research of Late Bronze Age settlements.