Fascinating color photos that capture street scenes of Zagreb in 1953.
Acrobatic circus performers in Croatia, 1880s.
Kata Pejnović, a Croatian politician, feminist and the President of the Antifascist Front of Women of Yugoslavia, speaking at the July 1945 meeting of the AFWY in liberated Zagreb, Croatia.
Cheerful kids in
Fiume (now Rijeka), Croatia, 1945.
Created in 1949, Plitvice Lakes Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. The park is centered around is a series of cascading lakes that descend over 1,500 feet before forming the Korana River.
The lakes are a wonderous natural phenomenon. Thanks to minerals and organisms in the water, and the changing angle of the sunlight, the lakes are constantly changing colors. Depending on when and where you are, they can be green, or grey, or a delicate azure. And potentially all three within a few hours.
It’s not just all about the lakes, though. Plitvice is a hotspot of biodiversity. Despite being very close to the Mediterranean, Plitvice is a moderate mountainous climate. Local flora and fauna can be very different in different parts of the park, depending on the altitude, the availability of water, and the local soil conditions.
And did I mention there are caves too? Yeah, Plitvice Lakes is definitely going on my bucket list.
This 15,000-year-old bone pendant was found in Vlakno Cave, in Croatia. It may be a late type of Venus figurine, such as the famous Venus of Willendorf, which dates to more than 24,000 years ago. Venus figurines might have evolved over those 9,000 years, become more abstract and less realistic.
The geometric pattern on the bone is similar to patterns on other pieces of art from the Epigravettian period, a late Paleolithic culture on the European side of the Mediterranean. And
similar examples of Epigravettian female figurines have been found in Dolni Vestovice in the Czech Republic and Mal’ta in Russia.
45 color pictures of Dubrovnik, Croatia in the 1970s.
Remains of early humans such as Neanderthals and Denisovans have been discovered at just a limited number of sites in Europe and Asia. This has long frustrated archaeologists, who are confident that many more locations were occupied throughout these regions. This year, however, researchers announced a new way of detecting the hominins’ presence—through genetic traces in cave sediments.
A team analyzed sediments from seven sites in France, Belgium, Spain, Croatia, and Russia. They found Neanderthal DNA at three sites, the oldest dating to up to 60,000 years ago, and Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA in Russia’s Denisova Cave, dating to around 100,000 years ago. Amazingly, the new technique worked even with sediment that had been collected many years ago, and was being stored in laboratories.
The researchers hypothesize that the DNA in the sediments comes from body fluids left behind by hominins as well as decomposition of their remains. Bones might wash away, or be buried elsewhere, but the blood, sweat, and tears of the caves’ ancient occupants remained in the soil.