Introduction of Mahir Hrnjic

New PhD student at UrbNet.

2017.09.05 | Christina Levisen

I got my bachelor's in Archaeology at University of Sarajevo, after which I attended a European post-graduate program in Archaeological Material Science, ARCHMAT. So far, I have been studying historical metals by applying techniques and methods commonly used in material studies. I did my thesis research at the Aragón Materials Science Institute (ICMA) at University of Zaragoza, and my focus was on the application of lasers for removing corrosion from ancient Egyptian coins. After that, I was awarded the Rathgen Heritage Science Scholaship, which gave me the opportunity to study the composition of early medieval silver coins from Poland, using non-invasive analytical techniques, with a focus on coins' corrosion products. In 2016, I worked as a forensic analyst at the Department of Archaology and Antropology at International Commission on Missing Persons in Bosnia.

At the moment, I'm a PhD fellow at Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet), and my current research is titled "Silver provenance of early south Scandinavian coins, Perm’/Glazov and Duesminde rings". My supervisors are Søren M. Sindbæk from UrbNet and Birgitta Hårdh from Lund University. The research is intended to shed light on supra-regional trade and networks between Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Asia, by analysing the chemical composition and isotopic signatures of silver found in early medieval Danish hoards. Such studies will also help undestand production technology of silver neck rings found in south Scandinavia.

History and archaeology