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This unusual object of the Scythian period was found in 1953 by a village teacher A.I. Shiryaev at the top of a mound near the village of Răscăieţii Noi in the Ştefan Vodă District. A quarter of a century later, excavations in 1979 revealed that this outstanding mound (about 10 m high and more than 40 m in diameter) was erected in the Early Bronze Age, at the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC. Then, two thousand years later, there were buried Scythians, with which, apparently, other finds are associated, a cauldron and a finial, cast in bronze.

The finial from Răscăieţii Noi is one of the items made in the Scythian animal style, a special manner of decoration that spread along with the culture of the early nomads of Eurasia from Central Europe to the Black Sea region and the Caucasus, from the Volga region to southern Siberia, from Central Asia to Mongolia and northern China. However, in spite of the general Eurasian coverage, the artifact from Răscăieţii Noi contains features characteristic mainly of Eastern Europe. Firstly, it was the Eastern European nomads who preferred to portray both daytime birds of prey (Falconiformes) and individual parts of their body: their head or beak. Secondly, the "European" bestiary of the Scythian animal style (as opposed to the "Asian" Scythian-Siberian bestiary) often includes fantastic animals (and their various "artistic transformations") that came here under the influence of the cultures of the Middle East. Thus, the "fantastic" image of the Răscăieţii Noi artifact is given by a beak bent in one and a half turns, which does not happen in nature. Thirdly, the very shape of the object is characteristic only for the North Caucasus, the steppes of the Black Sea region and the Ukrainian forest-steppe.

Such finials were interpreted as symbols of power, as a kind of standard banners, and even as decorations for the masts of ships. However, most researchers consider them to be associated with funeral processions, most likely to decorate funeral canopies, carts or chariots. The latter version seems to be the most preferable, especially since similar decorations are found on the images of the chariots of the Middle East. In terms of style, the artifact from Răscăieţii Noi is associated with finials from the mounds of the Ukrainian forest-steppe and the North Caucasus, however, performed in a more realistic manner. It seems that the specimen from Răscăieţii Noi shows further stylization of the image, reaching its highest stage, when the beak is only guessed in the curls of the upper part of the finial, but the pronounced cere and relief eye still emphasize the resemblance to the head of a bird of prey. From the middle of the 5th century BC things made in such a stylized manner penetrate into the steppes of the Black Sea region, including the bank of the Dniester in its lower reaches, where the finial was found near the village of Răscăieţii Noi.


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The 2nd “Ball of Talents. Miss and Mister Childhood Contest 2020-2021”

5 June 2021

On June 5, the National Museum of History of Moldova hosted the 2nd "Ball of Talents. Miss and Mister Childhood Contest 2020-2021" dedicated to the International Children's Day.

The event, organized jointly with the Sunshine JSC for children with Down's syndrome, took place in the courtyard of the museum, giving all the participants a lot of smiles and wonderful moments. Together with the kids, several local artists celebrated the childhood holiday: Georgeta Voinovan &Crescendo, Adrian Ursu, Serj Kuzencoff, Aurel Chirtoacă, Corina Țepeș and Costi Burlacu, the SunStroke Project group, the clown Veaceslav Iacovlev and others. Also, the children were presented with many gifts from the partners of the event.

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“Skillful Small Hands” Workshop

30 December 2020

There is no gift more precious than a handmade one. This week, the festive atmosphere was especially vivid in the Museum, and the gifts were wonderful.

Our guide, Alina Parabina, together with children from some schools of the municipality, held several workshops of "Skillful Small Hands". Children made Christmas trees and mushrooms out of cotton wool. The result is impressive!

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Interactive event on the theme “It's your life, take care of it!”

16 December 2020

On December 16, the Department of Public Relations and Museum Education organized an interactive event on the theme "It's your life, take care of it!" with the 5th grade students of the Gh. Asachi Theoretical High School from Chisinau. The action is part of the National Health Promotion Program 2016-2020 and is held at the museum for the fourth year in a row.

This meeting is held for informational and educational purposes, to discuss and prevent the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs among adolescents.

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Opening of the Exhibition "Official and unofficial symbols of the Republic of Moldova"

3 November 2020

Opening of the Exhibition "Official and unofficial symbols of the Republic of Moldova" took place on November 3, 2020, the day that marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the State Coat of Arms of the Republic of Moldova.

The event began with a greeting speech by the Director General of the National Museum of History of Moldova, Eugen Sava, who noted the importance of organizing the exhibition in order to educate patriotism, dignity and appreciation of national values. Mr. Corneliu Popovici, Presidential Adviser, President of the National Heraldry Commission, in his speech praised the efforts to commemorate important events in the Republic of Moldova, including by organizing this exhibition.


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XXXth Annual Scientific Conference with International Participation “History. Archeology. Museology” held online

30 October 2020

The annual scientific conference held by the National Museum of History of Moldova over the years has turned into a prestigious forum that brings together famous historians, archaeologists and museographers from the country and abroad. This year's conference communications featured thematic diversity, new methodological approaches, and interdisciplinary research. A significant part of the communications was based on the results of new archaeological investigations, the study of original archival sources, offering new interpretations of known sources.

The conference brought together over 90 participants from 10 countries: Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, France, Tajikistan, Lithuania, Georgia, and the Russian Federation.

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„Movie at the Museum”

26 September 2020

In order to promote our historical and cultural values reflected in cinematographic works, from August 1 to September 26, every Saturday evening, starting at 20:50, an open-air cinema was held in the courtyard of the National Museum of History of Moldova. The viewers were given the opportunity to watch the classic Moldavian films of the Moldova-Film studio. For some, it was an opportunity to remember their beautiful youth, for others to learn that not everything old comes back.

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Ethno Jazz Festival 2020

26 September 2020

Between September 25 and 26, the courtyard of the National Museum of History of Moldova hosted the 19th Ethno Jazz Festival.

Two evenings in succession, guests such as Vali Boghean, Mark Oselski, Ana Carla Maza Trio, Grégory Privat and others delighted the audience. The songs performed are included in the 9th album of the Trigon, created during the pandemic.

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The International Conference "Hybrid War: Mechanisms and Consequences"

21 February 2020

Several historians, political analysts, international experts, writers and journalists met on February 21, 2020, at the National Museum of History of Moldova to discuss a very actual topic: hybrid warfare and its consequences in politics, mass media, history, identity, etc. but also to seek solutions to combat this phenomenon and fake news.

The purpose of this conference was to examine the essence of hybrid warfare, the strategies that are developed and the tactics that are applied, especially in the former Soviet space.

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Activities dedicated to winter holidays

28 December 2019

On December 26 and 28, the National Museum of History of Moldova hosted two events dedicated to the beautiful winter holidays.

The musical-literary show „Christmas Caravan”, organized in collaboration with the members of the City Station of Young Tourists from Chișinău (coordinator: Tamara Pânzari), flooded the museum with carols, songs, plays and a lot of good vibes. Several New Year themed works, created by the participants themselves, brought a surplus of color to this event.

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Interactive activity with the theme "Be aware, not addicted!"

11 December 2019

On December 11, the Section Public Relations, Museum Education in collaboration with the students of the 7th grade of the "Socrates" High School of Modern Languages in Chișinău, held an interactive activity with the theme "Be aware, not addicted!". The action was organized in the framework of the National Health Promotion Program for 2016-2020.

The objective of this meeting was to inform, educate, communicate and prevent the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and drugs among adolescents.

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#Exhibit of the Month

This unusual object of the Scythian period was found in 1953 by a village teacher A.I. Shiryaev at the top of a mound near the village of Răscăieţii Noi in the Ştefan Vodă District. A quarter of a century later, excavations in 1979 revealed that this outstanding mound (about 10 m high and more than 40 m in diameter) was erected in the Early Bronze Age, at the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC. Then, two thousand years later, there were buried Scythians, with which, apparently, other finds are associated, a cauldron and a finial, cast in bronze. The finial from Răscăieţii Noi is one of the items made in the Scythian animal style, a special manner of decoration that spread along with the culture of the early nomads of Eurasia from Central Europe to the Black Sea region and the Caucasus, from the Volga region to southern Siberia, from Central Asia to Mongolia and northern China...

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The National Museum of History of Moldova takes place among the most significant museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific reputation.
©2006-2021 National Museum of History of Moldova
Visit museum 31 August 1989 St., 121 A, MD 2012, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
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Secretariat: +373 (22) 24-43-25
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Web site administration and maintenance: Andrei EMILCIUC

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