Numerous scholars and archaeologists have studied the Vučedol Culture and its eponymous locality Vučedol, contributing to our knowledge of the culture and making its name widely known. Particularly noteworthy from Croatia have been Josip Brunšmid, Viktor Hoffiller and Stojan Dimitrijević, and over the past 30 years Aleksandar Durman has intensively reaserched the culture. Systematic archaeological excavations at Vučedol have been conducted by the Department of Archaeology at the Faculty of Philosophy of Zagreb University and the Vukovar Municipal Museum, and by the Vučedol Culture Museum since its recent founding.
The Museum holds the first note about the find of the “Vučedol Dove”—now thought to be a partridge. In 1938 Mirko Šeper, a member of the archaeological team at Gradac in Vučedol, recorded and drew a vessel shaped like a bird which he listed as “Ceremonial Hen.” When he realized that chickens were brought from India only 2000 years later, he crossed it out and wrote in “pigeon?”. Hence the vessel is still known as the Vučedol Dove, and has become the symbol of the City of Vukovar.
Archaeologists who helped name and publicize the Vučedol culture:
Dragotin Dežman in 1875 excavates the Ig site in the Ljubljana Marshes.
2. Josip Brunšmid in 1897 first excavates Vučedol.
Moritz Hoernes publishes the first text on Brunšmid’s Vučedol excavations in 1901.
Gordon Childe’s ”The Danube in Prehistory” (1929) proposes the name Slavonian Culture for Vučedol finds.
Viktor Hoffiller (1933) is responsible for the name Vučedol Culture.
Robert Rudolf Schmidt in 1938 excavates Gradac at Vučedol and promotes the term Vučedol Culture.
Stojan Dimitrijević in 1956 extends the name to Vučedol Culture and Vučedol Culture Complex.
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