Mitja Guštin

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.  Mitja Guštin

Director University of Primorska, Institute for Mediterranean Heritage
Garibaldijeva 18
SLO-6000 Koper

Telefon: +386 41 42 77 96
Fax: +386 1 241 15 96

Mitja Guštin, ordinarius and doctor honorius causa

Born on September 10, 1947 in Maribor, Slovenia, he completed his primary and secondary studies in Piran. In 1972, he graduated in archeology with the thesis titled Proposal for the Iron Age Horizons in the Notranjska Region and the Karst. In 1987, he completed his Ph.D. studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana with the dissertation The Soča Region during the La Tène Period (tutored by the academician Prof Stane Gabrovec).

Between 1974 and 1985, he was a curator of archaeology at the Posavje Museum in Brežice, then a freelancer, and between 1987 and 1989 the editor in chief of the Scientific Press of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana.

Between 1989 and 1997, he was the head of the Department of Archeology of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana where he delivered courses in Archaeological Methodology and Medieval and Postmedieval Archaeology. Between 1990 and 1992, he was a Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts. On March 25, 1997, the Senate of the University of Ljubljana conferred upon him the title of professor in archaeology on the basis of evaluations submitted by Prof Jože Kastelic, academician Prof Ferdo Gestrin and Prof Nace Šumi and by Professor Konrad Spindler, the head of the Institute for Medieval and Postmedieval Archaeology of the University of Innsbruck.

His research is focused on prehistoric periods (from neolithic period to classical antiquity), in particular on the Iron Age and Celtic tribes in the Eastern Alps and the Balkans during that period. He has also conducted many research projects on the settlement of early Slavs in the area lying between the Adriatic and the Eastern Alps and on medieval and postmedieval archaeology.

He has organized the under- and postgraduate courses in Medieval and Postmedieval Archaeology, and established the Centre for the Studies of the Medieval and Postmedieval Archaeologyat the Department of Archeology of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana. Its operation was focused on research on material culture of the Counts of Cilli (Celje), medieval settlement along the lower part of the Krka river, medieval and Venetian Koper, and on archaeological research and renovation of the castle standing at the Kozlov rob Hill above the town of Tolmin. He has been in charge of a number of archaeological field research projects conducted in the area of Posavje and the town of Koper, in areas subjected to motorway construction (in particular Prekmurje, with the excavation area covering more than 40 hectares) and in Čatež near Brežice.

In 2003, he established the Institute for Mediterranean Heritage operating within the Science and Research Centre of the University of Primorska. The Institute publishes the series Annales Mediterranea that presents historical, ethnographic and archaeological sources of the Adriatic area and its hinterland. He also works as a professor at the Faculty of Humanities Koper: since 2004, he has been delivering courses in antiquity conducted within the postgraduate study programme in Historical Studies, and since 2006 he has been in charge of the 1st cycle study programme in Heritage of Europe and the Mediterranean and the 2nd cycle study programme in Archaeological Heritage of the Mediterranean. Between 1993 and 2006, he was a visiting professor at the Universities of Vienna, Innsbruck, Leipzig, Skopje and Zagreb.

In the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, he was a member of the Executive Board of the Cultural Community of Slovenia and of its Committee for Heritage Protection, the chairman of the Committee for the Renovation of the old town core of Brežice, a member of the Ljubljana Castle Renovation Committee, and the chairman of the Humanities Research Community operating within the Research Community of Slovenia. For many years, he was the editor in chief of publications published by the Association of Archaeological Societies of Yugoslavia and the chairman of the Slovene Archaeological Society.

Between 1989 and 1990, he was the president of the Commission for Scientific Publications operating within the Committee on Science of the Republic of Yugoslavia; between 1993 and 1996, he was the president of the Council for Humanities and a member of National Council for Science and Development operating within the Slovene Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as the editor of archaeological entries in Enciklopedija Slovenije (Encyclopedia Slovenica). Between 1994 and 1996, he was a member of the Executive Board of the European Association of Archaeologists. He was also elected a corresponding member of the Austrian Archaeological Institute and the German Archaeological Institute.

In 2000, the University of Innsbruck conferred upon him the title of honorary doctor of philosophical studies. In 1996, he received the award for his work at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana, and in 2006 the award for his work Science and Research Centre Koper of the University of Primorska. In 2007, he received the national professional award for his lifelong work in the field of archaeology, and in 2008 he was conferred the title of honorary senator of the University of Primorska.

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