Producing copies of the Late Bronze Age pottery from Dugiš on the river Cetina

dragicevic vukadin posterAuthors: Francis Dragičević and Ivana Vukadin
Mentor: Miona Miliša, PhD, Assistant Professor

Department of Conservation-Restoration, Arts Academy of the University of Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Archaeological materials (5th year of study)


The archaeological site of Dugiš is a prehistoric settlement of stilt houses located on the banks of the river Cetina in vicinity of Sinj. Being a very durable and resistant material, as well as the most characteristic feature of any prehistoric settlement, ceramic findings indicate a thousand year long continuity of living on the site. The pottery was of everyday use, mainly cooking ware, acquired by the courtesy of Archaeological Museum at Split. There is more than one way of presenting an object as an whole, especially if there are merely fragments left of the original. As an alternative to reconstructing the missing areas, there is always an option of producing a copy of the vessel. Making of a copy and making of a replica have two very different meanings. The difference is in the materials used as well as in the technique of production. While a copy only imitates the physical characteristics of the original, a replica is produced of authentic materials and by the authentic process of production and also provides authentic visual appearance. Producing plaster copies is an elegant and cost efficient way of presenting ancient pottery, especially in cases of major original material loss.

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 Short biographies

FRANCIS DRAGIČEVIĆ was born in Split, in 1991. She lives in Donji Humac, on the island of Brač. Having finished the secondary school of Fine Arts at Split it seemed like a logical choice for her to enrol into the Arts Academy, Split. She is currently a 5th year student, specializing in conservation-restoration of archaeological heritage.

IVANA VUKADIN was born in Split, in 1989. After graduating from the High School of Business and Economy, from 2007 to 2009 she studied art history and Croatian language and literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Split. In 2011 she enrolled into the Conservation-Restoration programme of study at the Arts Academy, Split. In 2013 she embarked on her specialization in archaeological heritage. She is currently a 5th year student.