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The Bosnian Krajina Project (Exploring the Ottoman-Habsburg Borderland)

Project Summary:
Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, much of Croatia and northern Bosnia formed a contested frontier region or 'krajina', where three great powers Habsburg Austria, maritime Venice and the Ottoman Empire all collided. By the end of the period the Vojna Krajina, or 'Military Frontier', was a tightly defined zone of the Habsburg Empire stretching from Dalmatia to Transylvania, where military settlers with special privileges and restrictions were fostered to provide a defensive buffer against the threat of Ottoman incursion.

The Krajina Project, which was established in 1998 to investigate the archaeological remains, material culture and continuing ethnographic legacy of this distinctive late medieval/early modern frontier society. The fieldwork has encompassed several different strands, including the survey and excavation of known fortified centres, the recording of traditional building types and ethnographic study of craft practices. The work involved collaboration between staff of the Archaeological Practice, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, English Heritage and the Zemaljski Muzej, Sarajevo.

Please click below to download the full PDF article (1.1MB):
THE KRAJINA PROJECT: Exploring the Ottoman-Habsburg Borderland
By R J Carlton and A Rushworth

 

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