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Krajina Post-Mediaeval Frontier Project
During the 16th-19th centuries, northern Bosnia and Croatia formed a contested frontier zone ('krajina') between the Austrian, Venetian and Ottoman empires. The region's multiple 'ethnic', religious and social identities and enduring martial traditions, which were starkly exposed by the recent wars in Croatia and Bosnia, are widely regarded as the legacy of this great power collision. The Krajina Project has been initiated at the Dept of Archaeology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, in collaboration with the Zemaljski Muzej (the National Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina), to explore the history of this unique frontier society. It is hoped thereby to foster a deeper understanding of the region's cultural heritage and the roots of recent conflict. The first full field season was undertaken in August 2001, achieving its aims of surveying Pecigrad Castle, recording a wide range of vernacular building types and beginning a programme of ethnographic research. This marked the first instance of renewed international, archaeological collaboration sanctioned by the curatorial authorities of Bosnia-Herzegovina since the 1992-5 war.

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