Dr. Tatjana Tkalčec, senior research associate
She was born in 1972 in Bjelovar and attended school in Križevci. She graduated in 1997 from the Department of Archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She received her Master's degree in Archaeology in 2004 from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, and in 2008 at the same Faculty she received her PhD in Archaeology. In 2000, she started working at the Institute of Archaeology, in 2010 as research associate and in 2013 she was appointed to the academic title of senior research associate.
She was an associate in four research projects: “Mediaeval Archaeological Heritage of Continental Croatia” (2000-2002, led by Prof. Željko Tomičić), “Mediaeval Archaeological Heritage of Croatia (5th-16th century)” (2002-2005, led by Prof. Željko Tomičić), “Mediaeval Archaeological Heritage of Croatia (5th-17th century) (2005-2006, led by Prof. Željko Tomičić) and “Mediaeval settlement of northern Croatia in the light of archaeological sources“ (2007-2013, led by Dr. Tajana Sekelj Ivančan).
She participated in numerous archaeological investigation projects in Croatia and Slovenia. She managed numerous archaeological projects and archaeological and conservationist investigations and field surveys (Mala Črešnjevica - Sveti Martin, Gudovac-Gradina, Feudal Town of Vrbovec in Klenovec Humski, Stari Perkovci - Debela šuma, Virovitica - Korija, Crkvari - church of St. Lawrence (Sv. Lovro), Krapina Old Town, Dubovac Old Town, Sveta Ana-Gradina, Buzadovec-Vojvodice, Krapina-Vukšićev breg and others).
She is an external collaborator of the Department of Archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where she has been teaching in the doctoral program since the academic year 2008/9, and since 2009/10 she has been teaching the course “Archaeology of the Late Middle Ages“ as part of the archaeology graduate program. She was involved in the organisation of the professional and scientific conference “The Kalnik region – cultural-historical and natural heritage“ (Križevci Historical Society, Kalnik, 2004). Since 2008 she has been a member of the Working Group monitoring the reconstruction of the Old Town of Sisak and since 2009 a member of the Expert Committee for the archaeological and monument complex Krapina Old Town in Krapina. She is a member of the organisational committee of the international scientific conference “Cemeteries and funeral customs in the mediaeval and early modern period in northern Croatia (Institute of Archaeology, Zagreb, 2014).
She is co-author of the exhibition “Recent archaeological investigations in Podravina“ (Koprivnica Municipal Museum, 2003). She was the lead associate of the museum exhibition “The Age of Castles: the Feudal Town of Vrbovec na Sutli“ (Museum of Peasants' Uprisings – Muzej seljačkih buna) Gornja Stubica, 2010.), which today is a part of the permanent display of the Veliki Tabor Castle. She is co-author of the museum exhibition “The archaeological treasures of the Old Town of Krapina“ (Krapina Town Gallery, 2012), which is today a part of the temporary museum space. She is co-author of the museum exhibition “The archaeological site Buzadovec-Vojvodice (Patačić Castle, Vrbovec, 2013), which is today a part of the permanent archaeological display of the Museum Collection of the Open University Vrbovec.
She is the founder of the scientific journal of the Križevci Historical Society “Cris“, and its editor-in-chief (1999-2005 and since 2013), a member of the editorial board and the editorial council. She is also engaged in editorial work on the “Annales Instituti Archaeologici“, the journal “Contributions of the Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb“, the monograph series “Monographiae Instituti Archaeologici“. She was a member of the editorial board of the journal “Systems“, a popular science journal for understanding systems. She is a member of the Croatian Archaeological Society, the Križevci Historical Society and the European Association of Archaeologists.
Her research interests lie in mediaeval fortification architecture mediaeval fortified towns, earthen fortifications, churches, settlements, everyday life in the Middle Ages, material culture, mediaeval man and the natural surroundings, the Late Middle Ages and the Early Middle Ages.