THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE AND COLLECTION OF BRIBIRSKA GLAVICAParent institution: ZUPANIJSKI MUZEJ SIBENIK /THE SIBENIK COUNTY MUSEUM
An archaeological site from Pre-historic, Antique and Mediaeval times jointly excavated by archaeologists from the Sibenik County Museum and the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments from Split. The remains of Antique buildings (city walls, houses, water cisterns, a Roman mausoleum with sarcophagi, etc) and Mediaeval buildings (remains of houses and five churches, a six-foiled Pre-Romanesque church, a three-nave basilica with Romanesque and Gothic style elements, etc.) are conserved in situ. A large number of movable items - ceramics, glass, tools and weapons, jewellery, coins, inscriptions, stone building fragments and parts of church furniture - were stored in the collection of stone monuments and a storeroom on the site.The site was on the occupied territory from 1991 to 1995, inaccessible to museum workers and services for the protection of monuments, exposed to destruction and intentional devastation.
Items from the collection are documented, that is to say inventoried, photographed and drawn, as a part of the Sibenik Museum. A part of the mediaeval material was transferred to Split before the war, in order to be presented at the exhibition "Bribir in the Middle Ages", and was, as a result of that, saved.The site itself with architectural remains and museum collection had remained unprotected.
After liberation, in August 1995, experts from the Sibenik Museum had visited the site. The housing and the museum buildings at the site were damaged and the entire inventory stolen (furniture, kitchen utensils, well pump and the rest).In fighting during the "Oluja" liberation operation, a new house and eaves of the collection of stone monuments were damaged. The material in situ was found to be damaged, as well as the museum collection. A couple of boxes holding many small items (coins, fragments of vessels, jewellery, glass, etc.) were physically devastated, that is thrown all over the site and smashed. Stone monuments were devastated in the same fashion. A Roman stone dove was found to be missing, as well as the boxes with items from a Roman grave dating from the second and third centuries.
Bribir, the archaeological site of Bribirska glavica (from the air),Photo: Z. Sunko and Z. Bačic