Institute of Archaeology Belgrade is a unique and central archaeological-scientific research institution in Serbia. It was founded in 1947 by the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and since 1961 it is an independent research institute. The Institute is the primary institution for the excavation and research of archaeological monuments in Serbia and its research activities are funded by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. Missions of the Institute are research and development in social and humanitarian sciences, with a primary focus on the field of archaeology, as well as publishing of scientific results (i.e. books, journals, periodicals, etc.). The foremost goal is the application of scientific methods in the field of archaeology and especially in the study the historical, social, economic and cultural development on all archaeological sites and monuments in the territory of Serbia, ranging from the earliest hominin traces until the formation of civil relations in modern-day Serbia.