Contact: ivor.jankovic@inantro.hr, +38515535108

Academic and Scientific Degrees:

  • 2018. Adjunct Professor (Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, USA)
  • 2015. associate professor
  • 2015. Adjunct Associate Professor (Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, USA)
  • 2012. scientific advisor
  • 2010.  docent
  • 2009.  scientific associate
  • 2009.  PhD (prehistoric archaeology), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (dissertation: Neandertal lateral midface: a morphometric analysis, advisor dr. Fred H. Smith).
  • 2003. M.A. (anthropology), Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA (thesis: A morphometric analysis of Neandertal zygomatic bones, advisor dr. Fred H. Smith)
  • 2001.  B.A. (archaeology), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (thesis: Blade technology at the site of Šandalja II/Tehnološka analiza sječiva na nalazištu Šandalja II, advisor dr. Ivor Karavanić)

Work experience:

  • 2011. – 2021. assistant director, Institute for anthropological research
  • 2009. scientific associate, Institute for anthropological research (project MZOŠ 196-1962766-2740)
  • 2003. assistant, Institute for anthropological research (project MZT 0196004, od 2007. project MZOŠ 196-1962766-2740)

Scientific and professional work:

Scientific projects:

  • 2021.-2023. Principal investigator „After the fall of the ancient worlds – Life and death at the borderlands of the Gepid Kingdom“ Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia.
  • 2020-2024 Action chair. Integrating Neandertal Legacy: From past to present (iNEAL) (COST, European Cooperation in Science and Technology.
  • 2020-2024 Principal investigator. Prehistoric hunter gatherers in Istria and adjacent regions: patterns of Late Pleistocene lifestyle and mobility (PREHISTRIA). Croatian Science Foundaation.
  • 2014-2017 Principal Investigator. Archaeological investigations into the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene of the Lim Channel, Istria. Croatian Science Foundation.
  • 2019-2021 Project collaborator Defining cultural boundaries in the European Upper PALAEOlithic: Archaeology and Rock arT in EASTern Europe (PALAEOARTEAST). British Academy Newton International Fellowships program.
  • 2019-2024 Project collaborator Subsistence and human resilience to sudden climatic events in Europe during MIS3. ERC starting grant.
  • 2019-2023 Member of the Management committee Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorisation. European Cooperation in Science and Technology.
  • 2017-2020 Project collaborator. Reconstructing prehistoric (Neolithic to Bronze Age) lifestyles on the territory of Croatia – a multidisciplinary approach (PASTLIVES). Croatian science Foundation.
  • 2017-2019 Project collaborator. Population changes and co-existence in the middle and southwestern part of the Carpathian Basin in the Avar Period (6th-9th centuries AD) Ministry of Science of the Republic of Croatia.
  • 2012-2016 Project collaborator. Late Mousterian in the eastern Adriatic – towards understanding of late Neandertals identity and their demise. Croatian Science Foundation.
  • 2007-2013 Project collaborator. Culture Change and Dynamics of Archaeological Populations in Eastern Adriatic. Ministry of Science, Technology and Sports of the Republic of Croatia.
  • 2003-2006 Project collaborator. Population Structure of Croatia – anthropoarchaeological approach. Ministry of Science, Technology and Sports of the Republic of Croatia.

Scientific work:

  • analysis of the material from the sites of Feldhofer (Neandertal) in Germany, Vindija in Croatia, Mladeč in Moravia, and numerous Croatian archaeological sites and collections, including Šandalja II, Josipovac-Gravinjak, Franjevac, Potočani, Bezdanjača, Romualdova pećina, Pećina Bukovac, Abri Kontija, Ljubićeva pećina and various other sites and samples.

Field work:

  • 2021. Excavation leader of the Ljubićeva pećina and Abri Kontija 002 sites
  • 2019.-2021. Excavation leader of the Ljubićeva pećina site
  • 2014.-2019. Excavation leader at the sites of Romualdova pećina, Abri Kontija 002, Lim 001 and Pećina kod Rovinjskog Sela
  • 2010.-2014. Excavation leader of the Bukovac cave site.
  • participation in field work of numerous archaeological and paleoanthropological sites (Arago and Lazaret in France, Samostan Klarisa, Mačkovac, Aqua Iasae, Mujina Pećina, Zala, Vižula, Brijuni and Resnik in Croatia)

Popularization of science:

  • co-author of the exhibition entitled Life and Death in Prehistory, Archaeological Museum in Zagreb (2021),
  • co-author of the exhibition entitled Projekt ARCHAEOLIM / The ARCHAEOLIM Project, Archaeological Museum in Zagreb (2017),
  • co-author of the exhibition entitled Put Neandertalca / The Neandertal Trail, Archaeological Museum in Zagreb (2011), Archaeological Museum in Pula (2012)
  • co-author of the exhibition entitled Odiseja Čovječanstva: evolucija čovjeka i materijalnih kultura starijeg kamenog doba, Archaeological Museum in Zagreb (2005), Muzej Brodskog Posavlja, Slavonski Brod (2007), Vukovar City Museum (2007)
  • participation in the documentary entitled Neanderthal in Uns (History Media)
  • participation in the documentary Put neandertalca (2 parts) (Croatian Radiotelevision)
  • participation in various TV and radio documentaries
  • numerous public presentations, workshops, round tables and talks on human evolution, prehistoric archaeology and related topics
  • various appearances in media through comments and interviews

Research interests: Hominin evolution, biological and cultural adaptations and geographic dispersal of human populations during the Pleistocene

Publications list link

Teaching experience:

  • Human Evolution course (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)
  • courses Contemporary theory in Anthropology (lecturer) (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Biological anthropology (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb)
  • courses General Prehistoric Archaeology, Rise of the Civilization, Human Origins and Human Osteology (Northern Illinois University, USA, 2001. – 2003.) (TA)

Awards and research grants:

  • „After the fall of the ancient worlds – Life and death at the borderlands of the Gepid Kingdom“ Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia.
  • Integrating Neandertal Legacy: From past to present” (iNEAL). European Cooperation in Science and Technology Grant.
  • Prapovijesni lovci i sakupljači u Istri i obližnjim regijama: obrasci života tijekom kasnog Pleistocena (PREHISTRIA). Croatian Science Foundation Grant
  • Archaeological heritage program, site Bukovac. Ministry of Culture.
  • Archaeological investigations into the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene of the Lim Channel, Istria. Croatian Science Foundation Grant.
  • annual award and medal “Dragutin Gorjanović Kramberger” of Croatian Anthropological Society
  • annual award and medal “Josip Brunšmid” of Croatian Archaeological Society

Membership in professional organizations:

  • Editor in chef of the Journal of Bioanthropology
  • Member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, European Anthropological Association, Croatian Archaeological Society
  • Member of the advisory board of the journal Annales D’universite “Valahia” Targoviste Section D’archeologie Et D’histoire
  • Member of the advisory board of the journal “Histria archaeologica”