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Pottery, especially fired clay vessels, is the most common archaeological material found at the sites of the Thracian-Getae-Dacian civilization.

Specific to the Getae ceramics is the hand-shaping of vessels, without a potter's wheel, unknown, by the way, to our most distant ancestors in the 6th-3rd centuries BC.

Getae potters used a porous clay body made of clay mixed with various ingredients like crushed shards and shells, crushed limestone, coarse sand, and so on to make their wares. When fired in special kiln, wares acquired different colors and shades: from black to gray or yellowish-red. The richest collection of Getae vessels on the territory of the Republic of Moldova comes from the Getae fortress of Butuceni, where for the first time in 1946 the Russian archaeologist G. Smirnov discovered the remains of the fortress with the remains of stone walls and earthen ramparts, which he called a Scythian fortress (sic!). The subsequent excavations for 20 years, with more or less lasting interruptions, revealed traces of intense habitation that lasted more than three centuries at a promontory near the village of Butuceni (The Old Orhei Cultural and Natural Reserve), of the largest Getae fortress on the territory of the Republic of Moldova.

Among the vessels discovered by archaeologists, there are some gigantic (analogues of these samples of Getae ceramic ware are currently not known). They are considered vessels for storing supplies, especially grain (it is known that the Getae, the sedentary people of these lands, were engaged in agriculture, cattle breeding and various crafts). Among the cereals grown by the Geto-Dacians, there were wheat, millet, barley, oats, and rye; such products, necessary for the local cuisine, had to be stored for a longer period under special conditions. For these purposes, large vessels (chiups) were used, placed in special places, usually in the cellars.

The chiup vessel from Butuceni is one of the oldest Getae ceramics in the present territory of the Republic of Moldova, discovered during the excavations of G. Smirnov in 1947. The vessel has an ovoid body with a long neck expanding towards the top and a large lip bent outward; it is equipped with four knobs located on the line of the maximum diameter of the body. The chiup is decorated with relief ornaments, different in shape and size, located in different parts of its body: "commas" (schematic rhytons (?)) and wavy lines in the shape of a horseshoe or omega. The color of the vessel varies from dark gray to yellowish; the surface is carefully polished.

Dimensions of the vessel: H - 680 mm; D max - 430 mm; D of the lip - 340x360 mm; H of the neck - 170 mm; D of the bottom - 170 mm.


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Historian's Day 2016

18 June 2016

Historian's Day 2016
On June 18th, 2016,  in the Blue Room of the National Museum of History of Moldova was celebrated the „Historian's professional day". The event was organized by the Association of Historians of Moldova, Institute of History of the ASM, Faculty of History and Philosophy of MSU, SPU "Ion Creangă", Faculty of History and International Relations of ULIM, Chisinau Municipality, Center for Military Culture and History, National Museum of History of Moldova.

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Homage to Mihai Eminescu

15 June 2016

The Department of Culture of Chișinău Municipality and the National Museum of History of Moldova have organized an event of commemoration of poet Mihai Eminescu on the occasion of 127 years since his death.

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Roundtable “Stalinist deportations – a form of political repression”

13 June 2016


Monday, June 13, at the National Museum of History of Moldova was organized roundtable "Stalinist deportations - a form of political repressions". The event was dedicated to the commemoration of 75 years since the first wave of soviet deportations from Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina. The meeting was held in the Conference Room on the first floor, starting at 10.00.

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The official visit of the General Director of Herend Porcelain Manufacture, Hungary

26 May 2016

On 26 May 2016, the National Museum of History of Moldova hosted the official visit of Dr. Attila Simon, General Director of Herend Porcelain Manufacture of Hungary. The event was marked by the opening of the exhibition of porcelain "Herend Glow" at National Museum of History of Moldova and presentation of the catalog of unique porcelain objects produced by this manufacture

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CRONOGRAF at the National Museum of History of Moldova

21 May 2016

The National Museum of History of Moldova is the traditional partner of the International Documentary Film Festival CRONOGRAF, a major event that brings every year in Moldova quality documentary films from around the world.

This year, at the 13th edition which took place form May 12th to May 18th, Cronograf was at the museum with six documentary films which were projected in the museum cinemateque CLIO on 14th and 21st May.

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The European Night of Museums 2016

21 May 2016

 
The National Museum of History of Moldova participated for the 11th time at the "Museum Night", event that unites museum institutions from Europe and which continue to gain interest from the visiting public.

The event organized on Saturday, 21st May from 12.00 until midnight had as generic „Museum Night 2016 - a cocktail of history, tradition and leisure".

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Celebrating the International Museum Day 2016

18 May 2016

Every year since 1977, on May 18th, is celebrated the International Museum Day at the initiative of The International Council of Museums (ICOM) in order to promote and to make the public aware of the role of these cultural institutions in the society. In 2016 this day has the theme „Museums and cultural landscapes".

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Roundtable „Poles in Soroca"

21 April 2016

Roundtable „Poles in SorocaThursday, April 21, 2016, the Conference Room of the National Museum of History of Moldova hosted the roundtable „Poles in Soroca". At the meeting were discussed various aspects of the history of Poles in Soroca, from the early Middle Ages to the contemporary period.

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Launch of the project „Historic site Camp of King Charles XII of Sweden - valorisation and promotion"

8 April 2016

Launch of the project „Historic site Camp of King Charles XII of Sweden - valorisation and promotion
On April 8, the National Museum of History of Moldova organised a special event in the village of Varnița - the official launch of project „Historic site Camp of King Charles XII of Sweden from Varnița - valorisation and promotion"/SITVAR. The museum is the main partner of NGO Woman. Hope. Future (Varnița) which will implement the project in the period of April 1, 2016 - May 1, 2017, in partnership with the municipality of Varnița and the Agency for Inspection and Restoration of Monuments.  

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Dragobete at the National Museum of History of Moldova

24 February 2016

Wednesday, February 24th, at the National Museum of History of Moldova was held a special event dedicated to the Dragobete, Romanian folk mythology character symbolizing youth and love.

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#Exhibit of the Month

Pottery, especially fired clay vessels, is the most common archaeological material found at the sites of the Thracian-Getae-Dacian civilization. Specific to the Getae ceramics is the hand-shaping of vessels, without a potter's wheel, unknown, by the way, to our most distant ancestors in the 6th-3rd centuries BC.Getae potters used a porous clay body made of clay mixed with various ingredients like crushed shards and shells, crushed limestone, coarse sand, and so on to make their wares. When fired in special kiln, wares acquired different colors and shades: from black to gray or yellowish-red. The richest collection of Getae vessels on the territory of the Republic of Moldova comes from the Getae fortress of Butuceni, where for the first time in 1946 the Russian archaeologist G. Smirnov discovered the remains of the fortress with the remains of stone walls and earthen ramparts, which he called a Scythian fortress (sic!)...

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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
Phones:
Secretariat: +373 (22) 24-43-25
Department of Public Relations and Museum Education: +373 (22) 24-04-26
Fax: +373 (22) 24-43-69
E-mail: office@nationalmuseum.md
Technical Support: info@nationalmuseum.md
Web site administration and maintenance: Andrei EMILCIUC

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