Institute of Archaeology and Heritage


The Institute of Archeology and Heritage of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Primorska (UP FHŠ) was founded in January 2016, continuing the research path of the previous Institute for the Mediterranean Heritage, which operated within the Scientific and Research Center of the University of Primorska until the late 2015 . We are a multidisciplinary research group that co-ordinates and implements research in the fields of archeology and heritage, conducting national and international projects as well as developing the contents and programs of both scientific disciplines in the broadest meaning of the term.

doc. dr. Alenka Tomaž, Head of the institute  

Who are we?

We are y young, successful research group combining creative potentials and research approaches from various scientific fields. We are engaged in research in the fields of archaeology ranging from the prehistoric period to the modern era; research goals are achieved through interdisciplinary cooperation of humanities and social sciences dealing in the heritage of times both past and present. We aim to bring together research findings that took shape in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, arts history, architecture, as well as more specific fields such as museology, conservation sciences, archive sciences and tourism.

Research is mainly related to the area of Slovenia, the Mediterranean basin, the Balkans and middle Europe in different periods of the past; most interest is invested into the processes that have contributed to the past shapings of cultural landscapes, contributing significantly to the present shape of the Slovenian area.


The researchers of the IAH have conducted a series of basic scientific and applied research projects. As a leading partner or as a partner, the institute has implemented successfully a number of international projects in the field of cultural heritage and its protection/promotion. The oinstitute is also intensively involved in projects of preventive archeology, which it has managed to market with great success.

The institute members have published a number of scientific monographic publications, publications in domestic and foreign scientific journals, papers at international congresses and have organised numerous national as well as international scientific and professional meetings. The institute publishes the series of scientific monographs Annales Mediterranei.

The members of the institute perform teaching duties as members of the Department of Archeology and Heritage Studies in BA, MA and PhD levels, taking part in the program of Heritage Tourism at UP FTŠ as well.

Our Vision

Our aim is to understand and explore the heritage in the broadest sense of the term, thus trying to reconciliate individual scientific disciplines. We pay great attention to promoting and raising the awareness of the importance of heritage as a factor of identity in everyday life.

International Conference


Main topic: Made of Clay

11th – 12th June 2020



In view of the current epidemiological situation (and it`s unpredicted development in the future months)

and in accordance with national recommendations to limit and prevent the spread of the disease SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, we would like to inform you that the International Conference

MATERIAL ENCOUNTERS: Made of Clay, which should take place between June 11 and 12, 2020 in Koper (Slovenia), is postponed to 2021. We will inform you of the new date in due time.


Thank you for your understanding.

We hope to see you next year.


All the best wishes, Alenka Tomaž, Head of IAH

International Conference


Main topic: Made of Clay


11th – 12th June 2020


Institute of Archaeology and Heritage & Department of Archaeology and Heritage of Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia


Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska, Titov trg 5, Koper, Slovenia

Important dates

Submission of abstracts: 11th May 2020


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