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13 July 2017

Meeting with the Australian Foreign Minister the Hon. Julie Bishop

On the 13th of July 2017, the Foreign Minister of Australia, The Honourable Julie Bishop, visited Belgrade as part of her Eastern European Tour. Minister Bishop met with the Serbian Minister of Culture and Information, His Excellency, Mr Vladan Vukosavljević and our Project Co-Directors to receive a briefing about the Glac project and the progress of the first excavation season. On this occasion, Minister Bishop stressed the importance of the establishment of cooperation in the field of culture between the two countries through this archaeology project in which the University of Sydney is one of the leading partners. Minister Vukosavljević stated that this is a significant project from which we can expect significant results and expressed his wish to broaden the collaboration with Australia in the field of culture.

The Australian Project Co-Director, Professor Richard Miles, showcased to the ministers some of the artefacts that have been excavated on the site and noted that this project is a platform from which collaborations with other sites can be established. The Serbian Co-Director, Dr Stefan Pop-Lazić, stated the finds indicate that the research team might be on the trace of a palace of a Roman emperor given the vast size of the site, its position and the luxurious materials and mosaic floors that have been uncovered thus far. Both directors agree that there could be 10-20 years of research ahead of them.

We were privileged to have been part of the visit of the Australian Foreign Minister and are thankful to the Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information for their warm hospitality, support and dedication to our project and to the Embassy of Australia for the organisation of the meeting with The Hon. Julie Bishop.

Sources:

http://www.kultura.gov.rs/cyr/aktuelnosti/predstavljeni-rezultati-istrazivanja-arheoloskog-lokaliteta-glac
(in Serbian language)
http://beta.rs/scena/kultura-vesti/68313-beograd-predstavljen-australijsko-srpski-arheoloski-projekat-glac
(in Serbian language)
http://www.australianaserba.com/project-glac-australian-and-serbian-archaeologists-on-the-trail-of-great-discoveries
(in English language)
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/serbian/en/audiotrack/julie-bishop-serbia-building-bridges
(in English and Serbian language)

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  • ministarstvo kulture
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  • australia
  • sremska mitrovica
  • sydney grammar school