Department of Medieval Archaeology and Ottoman Period

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The Department of Medieval Archaeology of the Archaeological Museum of Republic of North Macedonia, as it is currently named, represents the most vital period of social and historic progress of the human society where the events are changing and can no longer be historically tracked in millennia and centuries, like in the previous cultures, but in decades, years and months.

The historic periods that are the subject of research of the department and the representation within the corresponding part of the exposition in this global time frame, thoroughly intertwined with the phases of cultural progress, cover the segment of human existence that is most dynamic with history, politics, administration, religion, material and non-material culture.

Hence its detailed branching into periods: Early Byzantine, Early Medieval, Middle (Mature) Byzantine, Late Medieval and Ottoman Period, each shrouded with its own uniqueness, identity and integrity.
In that sense, of fundamental importance is the emancipation of the individual and his active role in everyday life, the engagement in the regional economic, trade, military, social, religious and cultural events, interwoven by the ambition to be the creator of one’s own and common prosperity.

Therefore this immanent human activity, plentifully documented through the written sources and traced through the archaeological remains, is necessary to be represented via broad section of the heterogeneous shapes, primarily within the frame of the global historical periods, and then through the subtle cultural manifestations, as defined by the features of the material and non-material culture.