Fonds F0028 - Dr. Vladimir Markotic fonds.
- 1939-1994 (Creation)
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Dr. Markotic was born in Banjaluka, Yugoslavia on 16 July 1920. He studied at the Universities of Zagreb and Graz (Austria) before emigrating to the United States in 1947. He obtained his Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from Indiana University in 1955, and in 1963 was awarded a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard. During his university years, Dr. Markotic was awarded a Hemenway Fellowship of American Archaeology and Ethnology from Harvard University and a Robert C. Winthrop Scholarship. He was also honoured by being made a Thaw Fellow of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard, an Associate of Current Anthropology and a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association. At Indiana University he acted as research assistant for an Air Force research project, then as a teaching assistant for the Institute of East European Studies. He conducted excavations at Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia during the years 1958-1962. In 1962 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Illinois State University, and in 1965 came to the University of Calgary as an Assistant Professor of Archaeology. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1969. Dr. Markotic retired as Associate Professor Emeritus in 1986, but remained a part-time researcher for the Department of Archaeology until 1990. He died in Calgary in November 1990 at the age of 74.
Dr. Markotic was a specialist in Old World Archaeology, but his interest and activities were in fact much wider. His research notes and papers indicate that, in addition to the study of archaeology and evolution, he had an enduring interest in linguistics and written language; ethnology; a wide variety of issues pertaining to Bosnia and Croatia, including the church, heresy, medieval tombstone inscriptions, and kinship; and in Sasquatch and other such creatures. Professor Markotic was a Croatian patriot and was well known as one of the foremost experts in the history of the Croatian community in Canada -- the achievements of whom he sought to publicize and celebrate through publications, symposia and conferences. He was closely involved with both the local Croatian community and with the Croatian-Canadian National Federation.