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Bronze cauldrons of the Scythian time are rare in the Northern Black Sea region, especially on its western borders. Therefore, those few items found on the territory of the Republic of Moldova occupy a worthy place in the collection of the National Museum of History of Moldova (NMHM). In particular, in the archaeological exhibition, two bronze cauldrons are displayed, discovered near the village of Nicolscoe in 1988 in burial mounds no. 14 and 15. In addition, in 2020, two bronze cauldrons without any accompanying documents were found in the collection of NMHM; however, they were visually identified as coming from various excavations in the Low Dniester region, such as burial mound no. 45 near Dubăsari and burial mound no. 1 near the Răscăieții Noi village.

The object presented as the exhibit of the month is a little-known find discovered in 1979 in barrow 1 near the village of Răscăieții Noi in the Ștefan Vodă district. In addition to its outstanding size (about 10 m high), this mound is known for discovering a cast bronze finial in the Scythian animal style on its surface in 1953. However, by the beginning of excavations, the locals had damaged part of the mound and a Scythian cast bronze cauldron was found near it. The cauldron was seriously damaged by mechanical impact, as a result of which the rim was deformed, and the walls, with one preserved vertical handle, were bent inwards. Fragments in the upper part of the body and one handle have been lost. The total reconstructed height of the cauldron is 24 cm (excluding the handles), the reconstructed diameter of the hemispherical cauldron is 30 cm, and the weight is 6.5 kg. In 2020, data on the chemical composition of the bronze cauldron alloy were obtained, revealing that it was cast from an alloy of almost 95 per cent copper. Unfortunately, due to the loss of information on the context of the discovery of the cauldron at Răscăieții Noi, it is impossible to link its discovery with one or another Scythian burial of the barrow. Moreover, the grave goods of other Scythian burials of Barrow 1 do not allow them to date below the 4th century BC. However, the cauldron with vertical handles from Răscăieții Noi most likely belongs earlier. This may be indicated by a bronze finial from the first half of the 5th century BC, which was found on this barrow in 1953. In addition, burial 7 from the nearest excavated barrow 2 at Răscăieții Noi, containing a plaque depicting a rolled predator (a copy of which is also on display at the NMHM), belongs to the mid- 5th century BC. Thus, there is a high probability that the cauldron from Barrow 1 at Răscăieții Noi is associated with the late Middle Scythian period or the mid-5th century BC.

Scythian bronze cauldrons in the west area are concentrated in three main regions: Bukovina-Podolia, the Lower Danube, and the Lower Dniester. Some Scythian cauldrons have no reliable archaeological context. Nevertheless, in combination with the same "stray" finds like the Scythian statues, the finds of Scythian cauldrons mark the Scythian presence, most likely not earlier than the late 6th century or even the turn of the 6th-5th centuries BC. The cauldrons first appeared in Bukovina, where they have been known since the middle of the 7th century BC. Bronze cauldrons (with their carriers) entered the steppe region 150-200 years later, and the "military" burials that appeared in the western steppe regions were no earlier than the middle of the 5th century BC. Most burials with cauldrons (and, apparently, the stray finds) are dated back to the second half of the 5th century BC. Then, in the early 4th century BC, their quantity was reduced, and after the first quarter of the 4th century BC, they completely disappeared from the cultural practice of the population of the steppes of the North-Western Black Sea region.

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“King’s Day” celebrated at the National Museum of History of Moldova

26 April 2022

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the National Museum of History of Moldova was pleased to host a reception organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the occasion of King's Day, the national holiday of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The event was attended by friends and partners of the "country of tulips", who celebrated the most important national holiday of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This action is part of the NMHM's long and beautiful collaboration with the embassy in recent years. The National Museum of History of Moldova joins the congratulations on this occasion! Long live the King! 

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Totalization meeting for the project "For Ukraine"

21 April 2022

On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, a meeting was held at the Embassy of Ukraine in Chișinău to sum up and announce the results of the "For Ukraine" project. The event was attended by representatives of the organizing institutions and partners involved in the project

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The National Session of Archaeological Reports (campaign 2021)

20 April 2022

On April 20, 2022, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the National Archaeological Commission, the National Session of Reports "Archaeological Research in the Republic of Moldova, Campaign 2021" took place. The scientific meeting was organized in partnership by the National Archaeological Agency and the National Museum of History of Moldova on the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites celebrated annually on April 18

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Charity event at the art exhibition

6 April 2022

On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at the National Museum of History of Moldova, the Hospices of Hope Moldova and the Embassy of Ukraine in Chisinau organized a charity reception entitled "For Ukraine - Charity Reception", which was attended by officials, ambassadors, businessmen, artists of Ukrainian origin , refugees in the Republic of Moldova. The event benefited from an artistic program offered by Igor Znatakov, the chief conductor of the V. Vasilko Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater in Odessa, together with his family. Olesea Shevchenko, wife of the Ambassador of Ukraine in Chisinau, president of the non-profit organization International Women's Club of Moldova, gave an extraordinary recital of Ukrainian songs

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Distinguished Gentleman’s Drive

26 September 2021

The Distinguished Gentleman's Drive was a celebration of classic style. 2021 was the inaugural event, that took place on Sunday, September 26th. It is an on-road motoring event, uniting pre-80's classic cars, designed to encourage enthusiasts and vintage car owners around the world to dress dapper and drive for men's health. All funds raised by our Distinguished Gentlefolk support our charity partner, Movember. These funds are invested in vital research and programs for prostate cancer and men's mental health to support the wellbeing of men all around the world. The Distinguished Gentleman's Drive is a themed event, where drivers and their passengers dress dapper to complement the elegant design of their vehicles

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Cycle of actions “Moldova-30”

27 August 2021

On August 27, 2021, the Blue Room of the National Museum of History of Moldova held the official ceremony of the introduction into circulation of postage stamps dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the Independence of the Republic of Moldova and 30 years since the issuance of the first postage stamps of the Republic of Moldova. The event took place within the "Moldova-30" National Program of Actions dedicated to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the independence of the Republic of Moldova and was carried out in collaboration with SE "Post of Moldova" and the Union of Philatelists of the Republic of Moldova

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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

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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

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Bronze cauldrons of the Scythian time are rare in the Northern Black Sea region, especially on its western borders. Therefore, those few items found on the territory of the Republic of Moldova occupy a worthy place in the collection of the National Museum of History of Moldova (NMHM)...

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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.
©2006-2024 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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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.
©2006-2024 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