Dr. Marko Mele

Director of Science

member of the Slovenian Archaeological Association, correspondent of the Historische Landeskommission für Steiermark, member of the European Association of Archaeologists and the Austrian Society for Prehistory and Protohistory.



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Graduated in Archaeology from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana


DAAD research fellow at the Institute for Prehistoric Archaeology at Freie Universität Berlin as part of his doctoral studies


doctorate from the University of Ljubljana.
Research focus: Bronze Age and Early Iron Age in the south-eastern Alps.


archaeologist at the Ptuj-Ormož Regional Museum in Slovenia.
State exam: museum curator


controller of EU-projects in the Government Office of the Republic of Slovenia for local self-government and regional politics.


chief curator for prehistory and early history at the Universalmuseum Joanneum. 
2013: Acquisition of the ISO-certificate as cultural manager.

several European projects, including InterArch-Steiermark, PalaeoDiversiStyria, Iron-Age-Danube und Danube´s Archaeological eLandscapes. 
The Iron-Age-Danube project became a finalist in the RegioStars2018 award, which is given to the most innovative projects in the EU. The project resulted in the transnational Iron Age Danube Route, which received the Council of Europe certificate as a cultural route.

Supervision of students in their archaeological education as a lecturer at the Institute for Antiquity at the Karl Franzens University Graz.

Since 2017

deputy head of the Archeology & Coin cabinet department.


Award for outstanding contribution to archaeology from the Slovenian Archaeological Association for the success of the EU projects.

Since 2023

Director of Science of Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH.