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Digitization process completed: Open access to archives of Danish archaeologist and architect Ejnar Dyggve on his excavations in Split and Solin

A Croatian-Danish partnership project, which had the aim to present the digitalised archives of Danish architect and archaeologist Ejnar Dyggve, came to a successful end. To mark this achievement a press conference was organised at the City hall where it all started during a Danish State visit in 2014. – the city of Split.

Ambassador of Denmark, Christian Thorning, Head of the Office of the conservatory department of the Ministry of Culture, Radoslav Bužančić and Mayor of Split, Andro Krstulović Opara, announced the completion of this process on Monday the 20th of November 2017. Press representatives had the chance to hear details about digitalisation of all the work Dyggve did during the last century.

For his great contribution to the study, evaluation and scientific processing of the ancient, architectural and cultural heritage of Solin, Split and Dalmatia, he was given the honorary citizenship of Solin in 1947. Then in 1958, Dyggve gave the entire research material to the city of Split. Now, the archive is available on the pages of the Ministry of Culture.

“Friendship of Dyggve and Croatia dates back to the 30s of the last century, and he is with the right being called one of the fathers of Croatian national archeology. Insight into the material will show how much substance he has left - said the Head of the Split conservatory department, Bužančić.

The Danish Ambassador thanked the partners on the project.

"It is my honour to attend this event, I hope this is just the beginning of a beautiful exchange of experiences and we will surely continue our future cooperation," said the ambassador.

The Mayor of Split pointed out that: “Dyggve wrote the contemporary history of Croatian archeology, and today he is being explored in an archeological way.”

About the archive

The archive includes about 8,000 images and 10,000 different valuable drafts and documents. The whole story began three years ago when Denmark's Queen Margrethe II. with her husband, HR Prince Henrik were on a State visit to Croatia. On the last day of their stay, they attended the opening of the exhibition 'Ejnar Dyggve' in the Old Town Hall in Split.

Following the opening of the exhibition, Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark had overseen the initiation of the project, which was signed by Mr. Berislav Šipuš, Deputy Minister of Culture at the time and Mr. Carsten Topholt Larsen, the then-Director of the Danish Agency for Culture.

On Dyggve

Ejnar Aksel Petersen Dyggve's many published works made a huge impact on the perception of late antique and early medieval architecture to the present day. Despite his outstanding achievements, Dyggve is little known outside a narrow circle of experts although his legacy is highly appreciated for his research achievements in Salona and along the Adriatic. His opus magnum 'The History of Salonician Christianity' Dyggve proudly signed with Civis Salonitanus honoris causa, expressing his awareness that these sites are of utmost importance within the framework of world heritage.

The importance of the now completed digitization project of Dyggve's archives extends beyond the borders of Croatia in the interest of a wide range of scientists and researchers in archeology, history and architecture.

The digitization project is worth 200 thousand Kuna, and was shared by the Ministry of Culture and the Danish Government.