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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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„History lesson” at the National Museum of History of Moldova

27 May 2015

„History lesson” at the National Museum of History of Moldova
On May 27th, starting with 16.00 hours, at the National Museum of History of Moldova was held a „History lesson”, an even organized in collaboration with the Academy „Ștefan cel Mare” of MIA on the occasion of the International Children’s Day.

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European film screenings at the National Museum of History of Moldova, in the framework of the Days of Europe 2015

24 May 2015

On May 22nd to 24th, 2015, the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Moldova organized at the National Museum of History of Moldova screenings of European film and video promos about EU assistance. The event was held in the framework of the Days of Europe 2015.

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The European Night of Museums 2015

16 May 2015

Noaptea Europeană a Muzeelor 2015
This year the European Museum Night was held on May 16th, between 18.00-02.00 hours, under the generic One night at the museum - a time of real fairy tales.

The program of manifestations dedicated to this long awaited museum event, which reached the Eleventh Edition, included special arrangements in the permanent exhibition, concerts of instrumental music, theater performances, documentary film screenings, medieval-style battles and parades etc.

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International Museum Day 2015

16 May 2015

  International Museum Day 2015
This year the series of events dedicated to International Museum Day took place on May 16, between 11.00-17.00 hours, under the theme „Museums for a sustainable society.

Visitors were offered an extensive program of interactive and entertaining activities within masterclasses, workshops, contests and exhibitions.

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The anniversary of the Victory Day Against Fascism, 70 years from the end of World War II

4 May 2015

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary from the end of World War II at the National Museum of History of Moldova were held two activities, on the 30th April and 4th May, with the generic „World War II. A tragic lesson of 20th century". Pupils from the Theoretical Lyceum „Minerva" and the Republican Music Boarding-School „Serghei Rahmaninov" participated at the event which was held in the Diorama Hall of the museum. Different subjects were approached, such as the horrors of the war, the historic significance of the day of 9th May and the participation of grandfathers in the battlefield and their contribution to peace in Europe. The aim of these actions is knowledge of history, homage of war veterans and promotion of solidarity between generations.

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Round table „Evolution of money - from coins to virtual cards and contactless”

9 April 2015

Round table „Evolution of money - from coins to virtual cards and contactless”
At the National Museum of History of Moldova was held a round table with the topic „Evolution of money - from coins to virtual cards and contactless" which was organized by the European Fund for the South-Eastern Europe through the Development Facility (EFSE DF) in partnership with the National Bank of Moldova and the host institution.

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Concert by Baltic Guitar Quartet from Lithuania

10 March 2015

The Baltic Guitar Quartet from Vilnius gave an extraordinary concert in the Blue Room of the museum celebrating the 25th anniversary from the restoration of Lithuanian Independence, an even organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Republic of Moldova.

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Festive meeting dedicated to the International Women's Day at the National Museum of History of Moldova

4 March 2015

Festive meeting dedicated to the International Women's Day at the National Museum of History of Moldova
On the occasion of 8th March, the National Museum of History of Moldova held a cultural event titled "I kiss your hand, woman", which brought together female employees and collaborators of our institution. After the general director, dr.hab. Eugen Sava's congratulation words, all present ladies enjoyed a performance given by artistic groups of the Esthetic Education Center "Lăstărel" as a tribute of honor and appreciation.

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Dragobete Day at National Museum of History of Moldova

23 February 2015

Dragobete Day at National Museum of History of Moldova
On the eve of traditional Romanian holiday Dragobete, the National Museum of History of Moldova organized in partnership with Esthetic Education Center „Lăstărel" and Theoretical Lyceum „Mircea Eliade" an event to honor ancestral cultural values, traditions and customs.

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Evocation „540 years from the victory of Ştefan cel Mare at Vaslui”

10 January 2015

Evocation   „540 years from the victory of Ştefan cel Mare at Vaslui”
On January 10th, were commemorated 540 years form the battle of Vaslui when prince Ştefan cel Mare obtained one of the most brilliant victories over the Ottoman army. With this occasion, the National Museum of History of Moldova organized a commemorative even with a numerous public.

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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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