Alojz Benac

Summary

Alojz Benac
Born(1914-10-20)20 October 1914
Died6 March 1992(1992-03-06) (aged 77)
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
Ljubljana University
Known forResearch on Prehistory of the Balkans
Director of Centre for Balkan Studies, Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Scientific career
FieldsArchaeology
InstitutionsUniversity of Sarajevo
Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Alojz Benac (Plehan, Derventa, October 20, 1914 – Sarajevo, March 6, 1992).[1] was a Bosnia-Herzegovinian archaeologist and historian.

Biography

Benac studied classical philology and archaeology in Belgrade's Philosophy Faculty (1937), and received his doctorate from Ljubljana University (1951). He worked in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1947 to 1967[2] (in the role of Director from 1957 to 1967). He then left to assume a professorship in archaeology and ancient history in the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo[3] (1968–78). He later became the founder and first Director of the Centre for Balkan Studies,[4] within the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ANUBiH),[5] of which he was General Secretary from 1971 to 1977 and President from 1977 to 1981[6][7]

Benac focused his research on prehistory within the Western Balkans,[8] and undertook numerous systematic archaeological excavations on sites including Arnautovići (Visoko), Crvena Stijena[9] (Montenegro), Hrustovača in Hrustovo (Sanski Most), Obre I and II[10] (Kakanj), Zecovi (Prijedor), Zelena Pećina[11] in Blagaj (Mostar) and others.

He became Chief Editor of the five-volume series "Praistorija jugoslavenskih zemlja"[12][13] (Prehistory of the Yugoslavian countries) (1979–86), as well as several books and articles, including the following:

Obre II – neolitsko naselje butmirske grupe na Gornjem polju (Obre II – A Neolithic Settlement of the Butmir Group on the Gornje plain) (1971)

Prehistorijsko naselje Nebo i problem butmirske kulture (The prehistoric settlement of Nebo and the problem of the Butmir Culture) (1952)

Glasinac Vols I & II (1957; 1959)

Studien zur Stein und Kupferzeit im nordwestlichen Balkan (Studies on stone and copper age in north-western Balkans) (1962)

In 1967, Benac was inducted as a regular member of ANUBiH. During his lifetime, he also became a corresponding member of the Yugoslav/Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and a member of numerous other international scientific institutions.

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-31. Retrieved 2015-01-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Lozny, Ludomir R (Ed.) Comparative Archaeologies: A Sociological View of the Science of the Past p.405 New York: Springer
  3. ^ Lozny, Ludomir R (Ed.) Comparative Archaeologies: A Sociological View of the Science of the Past p.407 New York: Springer
  4. ^ Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina "Centar za balkanološka ispitivanja" (in Bosnian)
  5. ^ Lozny, Ludomir R (Ed.) Comparative Archaeologies: A Sociological View of the Science of the Past p.409 New York: Springer
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-31. Retrieved 2015-01-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina "Former Presidents"
  8. ^ Lozny, Ludomir R (Ed.) Comparative Archaeologies: A Sociological View of the Science of the Past p.406 New York: Springer
  9. ^ http://montenegro-for.me/2014/03/the-archeological-site-of-crvena-stijena-red-rock-cave/
  10. ^ Obre II – Neolitsko naselje butmirske grupe na Gornjem polju (1971)
  11. ^ Commission to Preserve National Monuments "The archaeologial (sic) site of Zelena pećina" Archived 2014-10-30 at the Wayback Machine, 21 November 2007
  12. ^ http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM238156&R=238156
  13. ^ Lozny, Ludomir R (Ed.) Comparative Archaeologies: A Sociological View of the Science of the Past p.408 New York: Springer