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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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Event dedicated to persons with disabilities „I am important! My rights matter”

19 July 2016

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in partnership with the World Health Organization and NGO SOMATO, are organizing in the courtyard of the National Museum of History of Moldova an informal dialogue - "I am important! My rights matter" - between groups of people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities and various national and international actors

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Movie night under the stars, Third Edition

9 July 2016

The National Museum of History of Moldova hosted the 3rd edition of the Movie night under the stars, in collaboration with the Association on Charity and Promotion of Civic Culture. The event was held in the courtyard on the museum every night of Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the period between June 30 and July 9, starting at 21.00.

For the 2016 edition, were chosen six international productions from the 50s and 60s of the twentieth century - comedies and dramas, films with box office success and with international film festivals awards. Below are listed the films from this year's edition


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Emotional meeting at the Museum

25 June 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016, the graduates of the Department of Technology of the Technical University of Moldova, class of 1971, met at the National Museum of History of Moldova.

The event, organized by Galina Mîrzac for the 17 persons who have graduated from the university 45 years back, took place in a medium full of history and memories of student years - the participant at the event have studied in the museum building, which between 1963 and 1977 hosted student classrooms of the Technical University, Department of Technology

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Anniversary event dedicated to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation at the National Museum of History of Moldova

23 June 2016

 
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) marks 15 years of activity in the Republic of Moldova, a period during which was implemented a number of important projects that aim to improve people's lives and to promote democratic values in our country.

On this occasion, the Swiss Cooperation Office in the Republic of Moldova organized an open air event for the public on June 23, between 17.00 and 22.00, at the National Museum of History of Moldova.

Among special guests at the event were government officials, representatives of diplomatic missions and funding community, as well as implementers and beneficiaries of Swiss projects from various regions of the republic. Also, the event was attended by Manuel Sager, general director of SDC, and Elisabeth von Capeller, vice director of SDC.


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Historian's Day 2016

18 June 2016

On June 18th, 2016,  in the Blue Room of the National Museum of History of Moldova was celebrated the „Historian's professional day"

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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.

The event of commemoration was held in the Blue Room of the museum, with the participation of artists and scholars, lovers of classic music, representatives of several public institutions. The cultural and artistic show was hosted by Lucia Culev, head of the Department of Culture

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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

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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 "Shining Herend" 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


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The European Night of Museums 2016

21 May 2016

European Night of Museums is an international event initiated by the Ministry of Culture and Communications of France. The Council of Europe, UNESCO and The International Council of Museums (ICOM) are the main supporters of the European Night of Museums. Over 4000 museums in Europe have joined this popular and long-lasting cultural event

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#Exhibit of the Month

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