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Dr Selena Vitezović

Dr Selena Vitezović

Principal Research Fellow

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Interests and methodology of research


Dr Selena Vitezović researches the prehistory of south-eastern Europe, particularly the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Eneolithic periods. She is engaged in the research of a large number of prehistoric localities in south-eastern Europe. Dr Vitezović’s focus is on research related to the economics and technology in prehistory, particularly on the analysis of the bone industry, questions of technological choices and production, the technology of manufacture, organisation of production exchange and trade, and on the questions associated with the symbolic aspects of communities from the past – ornaments, decoration, relationships between humans and animals, etc.




2011 – Doctoral thesis in Archaeology. Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, PhD: Bone industry in older and middle Neolithic of Central Balkans    http://nardus.mpn.gov.rs/handle/123456789/3251

2007 – Master’s thesis in Archaeology. Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. MA: Bone industry in Neolithic of Middle Pomoravlje

2003 – Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology. Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade




2022 – Institute of Archaeology, Principal Research Fellow

2017 – Institute of Archaeology, Senior Research Associate

2012 – Institute of Archaeology, Research Associate

2011 – Institute of Archaeology, Research Assistant


Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Bulgarian, Latin and Old Greek


Director of projects


2021 – Project of systematic prospection of prehistoric Rudnik with surroundings: Knić and the territory of Kragujevac (financed by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia)

2020 – Project of systematisation, documenting and publishing of archaeological material from the locality of Pločnik from the collection of the National Museum Toplice: bone and stone artefacts (financed by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia)

2019 – Project of systematisation, documenting and publishing of archaeological material from the locality of Pločnik from the collection of the National Museum Toplice: wildlife material (financed by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia)


Participation in projects


(2019 –) Epigravettian communities of northern Dalmatia (financed by the Croatian Science Foundation)

(2015 –) Prospection of Mali Šturac (financed by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia

(2014 –) Rise of Metallurgy in Eurasia (United College of London, National Museum, Serbia)

(2014 –) Locality of Kale in Krševica (financed by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia

(2011 –2019) Archaeology of Serbia: cultural identity, integration factors, technological processes and the role of the Central Balkans in the development of European prehistory

(2011 –) Bioarchaeology of ancient Europe – people, plants and animals in Serbian prehistory

(2010 –) Associate on projects of protective archaeological research in Bulgaria in Национален археологически институт с музей БАН (National Archaeological Institute with the BAS Museum)




– Serbian Archaeological Society

– European Association of Archaeologists (ЕАА)

– International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ)

– Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques


International conferences

  • (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022) EAA Annual Meetings: 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th
  • (2010, 2018) ICAZ International Conference
  • (2009, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021)7th, 8th. 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th  Meeting of the Worked Bone Research Group of the ICAZ
  • (2011, 2012, 2015, 2019) 18th, 19th. 22nd, 25th Neolithic Seminar


National conferences

  • Annual meeting of the Serbian Archaeological Society (2011-2019)






  • Vitezović, S. 2021. Praistorijski lokalitet Pločnik kod Prokuplja: koštana industrija : (istraživanja 1996-2011.godine). Beograd: Arheološki institut.
  • Vitezović, S. 2016. Metodologija proučavanja praistorijskih koštanih industrija. Beograd: Srpsko arheološko društvo.


Chapters in international monographs and edited volumes

  • Vitezović, S. 2018. Retouching tools from the post-Palaeolithic period in Southeast Europe, u: The Origins of Bone Tool Technologies, eds. J. M. Hutson, A. García-Moreno,  E. S. Noack, E. Turner, A. Villaluenga and S. Gaudzinski-Windheuser, 297-315. Mainz: Verlag des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums Mainz, http://vg07.met.vgwort.de/na/0622b65d51e342b0b06cab40682f9a1c?l=https://books.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/propylaeum/reader/download/408/408-30-82741-1-10-20181102.pdf
  • Vitezović, S. 2018. Bone industry in the Eneolithic period in the South-East Europe / Koštana industrija eneolitičkoga perioda u jugoistočnoj Europi, u: Back to the past: Copper Age in northern Croatia / Povratak u prošlost: bakreno doba u sjevernoj Hrvatskoj, eds. J. Balen, I. Miloglav, D. Rajković, 161-185. Zagreb-Osijek: Arheološki muzej Zagreb; Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu; Arheološki muzej Osijek, https://doi.org/10.17234/9789531758185-09
  • Vitezović, S. 2016. Bos and the bone spoon revisited: Spatula-spoons in the Starčevo culture, u: Southeast Europe and Anatolia in prehistory. Essays in honor of Vassil Nikolov on his 65th anniversary, eds. K. Bacvarov and R. Gleser, 189-196. Bonn: Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie Band 293 Aus der Abteilung für Ur- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie der Universität MünsterVerlag Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH.
  • Vitezović, S. 2013. Osseous Raw Materials in the Vinča Culture, in: From these bare bones: raw materials and the study of worked osseous objects, eds. A. Choyke and S. O’Connor, 59-72. Oxford and Oakville: Oxbow Books.


Edited volumes

  • Vitezović, S., Antonović, D. (ed.) 2014. Archaeotechnology: studying technology from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Belgrade: Serbian archaeological society.
  • Vitezović, S. (ed.) 2016. Close to the bone: Current studies in bone technologies. Belgrade: Institute of Archaeology.
  • Vitezović, S., Antonović, D. (ed.) 2017. Archaeotechnology studies: Raw material exploitation from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Belgrade: Serbian archaeological society.


Papers in scientific journals

  • Vitezović, S., Antonović, D. 2019. Functional differentiation and possible regional specialisation of the Vinča culture settlements: Viewpoint from osseous and lithic industries, Quaternary internationalhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2018.12.029
  • Vitezović, S. 2018. Fishing and hunting gear from osseous raw materials in the Early Neolithic from Serbia. Quaternary International 472, Part A: 38-48, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2018.01.021
  • Vitezović, S. 2017. Antler exploitation and management in the Vinča culture: An overview of evidence from Serbia. Quaternary International 450: 209-223, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.12.048
  • Vitezović, S. 2016. Neolithization of technology: innovation and tradition in the Starčevo culture osseous industry. Documenta Praehistorica XLIII: 123-138, https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.43.5
  • Cristiani, E., Dimitrijević, V. and Vitezović, S. 2016. Fishing with lure hooks at the Late Neolithic site of Vinča – Belo Brdo, Serbia. Journal of Archaeological Science 65: 134-147, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2015.11.005
  • Vitezović, S. 2013. Bone manufacturing in the Neolithic: the problems of reconstructing the chaîne opératoire and identifying workshops. Archeometriai Műhely / Archaeometry Workshop 2013/3: 201-208, http://www.ace.hu/am/2013_3/AM-13-03-SV.pdf
  • Vitezović, S. 2013. From artefacts to behaviour: technological analyses in prehistory. Anthropologie, International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution 51 (2): 175-194.
  • Vitezovi,ć S. and Bulatović, J. 2013. Managing raw materials in Vinča culture: A case study of osseous raw materials from Vitkovo. Documenta praehistorica 40: 279-289, https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.40.22
  • Vitezović, S. 2012. The White Beauty – Starčevo culture jewellery, Documenta Praehistorica XXXIX: 91-203, https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.39.15


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