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Dr Miljana Radivojevic

Postdoctoral Associate
Postdoctoral Research Associate
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Miljana Radivojevic is a Research Fellow at Jesus College, specialising in the technology of metal production in Eurasian prehistory.

Academic interests

Miljana Radivojevic's academc interests include: 

  • Eurasian prehistory, in particular technology and metallurgy in the Balkans and Eurasian Steppes 
  • Archaeological science, in particular materials science and archaeometallurgy.

Degrees obtained

  • MA, University of Belgrade.
  • MSc, University of Belgrade.
  • PhD, University College London (UCL).

Awards and prizes

  • Petrie Prize, UCL.


I studied archaeology at the University in Belgrade and University College London, where I received my PhD in the field of archaeometallurgy.

My special area of study is technology of metal production and reconstruction of metal making recipes. More generally, I'm interested in the invention and innovation processes in prehistoric metallurgy in Eurasia and how they shaped the lives of past societies. I have thus far spent almost my entire academic career on researching the origins of metallurgy in the Balkans, focusing on excavating and analysing metallurgy related materials from several Vinča culture sites in Serbia and Bosnia.

I worked as a researcher at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy at the University in Belgrade, Serbia, before starting my doctoral studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2008.

Upon finishing my PhD I was employed as a Research Associate within the large AHRC funded project 'The Rise of Metallurgy in Eurasia', hosted at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, which brought together UK, German, and Serbian specialists in studying the early evolution of metallurgy in the Balkans and its impact on metal making and consumer societies in the 5th millennium BC.

I currently hold the Anniversary Fellowship of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge and continue exploring the evolution of metal making technology in the Balkans and further towards the East, in the Eurasian Steppes.

Other interests

Higher education policy, civil activism, popular archaeology, tango.

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