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International projects

ARPSAS - Archaeology of Poland and Slovakia from the Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages
Archeológia Poľska a Slovenska od sklonku antiky do vrcholného stredoveku
Program: Medziakademická dohoda (MAD)
Project leader: PhDr. Šalkovský Peter DrSc.
Annotation:The project aims at solving current problems of development roman barbaric and medieval society in the Middle Danubian cultural area and areas of Poland on the basis of archaeological sources.
Duration: 7.1.2019 - 31.12.2021

ARKWORK - Archaeological practices and knowledge work in the digital environment
Archeologické postupy a práca s informáciami v digitálnom prostredí
Program: COST
Project leader: PhDr. Bistáková Alena PhD.
Annotation:The main aim and objective of the Action is to bring together the work of researchers of archaeological practices and their current projects in the field of archaeological knowledge production and use, to push forward the current state-of-the-art in knowing how archaeological knowledge is produced, how it is used and how to maximise its positive impact in the society. This will be achieved through the specific objectives detailed in the Technical Annex. WG2 - Knowledge production and archaeological collections Objectives: To integrate and push forward the current state-of-the-art in understanding and facilitating the use and curation of (museum) collections and repositories of archaeological data for knowledge production in the society (RCO1-3, CBO1-4) Tasks: 1. Survey the state of archaeological collections and their usefulness for their current and potential stakeholders (D2.1, D2.7) 2. Liaise with projects and initiatives related to the development of archaeological collections 3. Summarise information about the approaches and perspectives to the study of archaeological practices related to collections and provide a reference source for wider community (D2.2) 4. Organise a series of expert guest visits and talks at institutions holding collections for their proximate stakeholders (D2.3-5) Milestones and deliverables:  M2.1, M2.2, M2.2: Annual meetings of WG2 incorporating periodic reviews  D2.1 A survey article describing the state, usefulness and current use of archaeological collections  D2.2 White paper / policy brief the approaches and perspectives to the study of archaeological practices related to collections D2.3-5 Expert guest talks  D2.6 Summer school  D2.7 Exploratory workshop
Duration: 6.10.2016 - 5.10.2020

Cooperation with the Institute of History Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Dohoda o spolupráci s Historickým ústavom Čínskej akadémie sociálnych vied
Program: Bilaterálne - iné
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Ruttkay Matej CSc.
Duration: 15.4.2016 - 15.4.2021

Collaborative research agreement with Laboratóry Préhistoire et Technologie UMR 7055 CNRS
Dohoda o spolupráci s Laboratóriom Préhistoire et Technologie UMR 7055 CNRS
Program: Bilaterálne - iné
Project leader: Mgr. Nemergut Adrián PhD.
Duration: 10.2.2016 - 10.2.2021

Collaborative research agreement - Oxford Radiocarbon Acceleration Unit (Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Dohoda o vedeckej spolupráci - Oxford Radiocarbon Acceleration Unit (Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Program: Medziústavná dohoda
Project leader: PhDr. Daňová Klaudia PhD.
Annotation:The strategic objective of the agreement is to unite the efforts of both institutions in the research of ancient cultures, traditions and technological innovation in Europe. Radiocarbon dating, DNA, samples selection and collaboration in results of the research in Archaeology of Prehistory and Bronze Ages
Duration: 1.9.2015 - 31.8.2020

Collaborative research agreement the University of Cologne
Dohoda o vedeckej spolupráci s Institutom für Ur- und Frühgeschichte Univerzität zu Köln
Program: Medziústavná dohoda
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Kaminská Ľubomíra DrSc.
Duration: 4.7.2016 - 4.7.2020

Agreement on scientific cooperation.
Dohoda o vedeckej spoluprácie medzi Zavodom za podvodno Arheologijo ZAPA, (Slovinsko) a Trnavskou Univerzitou
Program: Bilaterálne - iné
Project leader: PhDr. Daňová Klaudia PhD.
Annotation:The Agreement was developed to strengthen mutual co-operation in addressing the specific tasks of archaeological research in the field of research, education and culture on underwater archeology.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 1.1.2020

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Rámcová zmluva o poskytovaní služieb - AMS 14C datovanie archeologických vzoriek - Foundation of the A. Mickiewicz University
Program: Medziústavná dohoda
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Ruttkay Matej CSc.
Duration: 1.10.2015 - 31.12.2020

The Dynamics of Settlement Concentration Processes and Land-use in Early Farming Communities in the North-western Carpathian Basin
The Dynamics of Settlement Concentration Processes and Land-use in Early Farming Communities in the North-western Carpathian Basin
Program: Bilaterálne - iné
Project leader: PhDr. Cheben Ivan CSc.
Annotation:Exploring processes of agglomeration and dispersion in this way involves attention drawn to socio-environmental processes of great complexity and variability in detail. Currently, our knowledge about such processes in the Neolithic and Bronze Age is still very insufficient. Even for a purely descriptive account of settlement patterns in a diachronic perspective, intensive fieldwork and data analysis within a multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar approach is necessary. It can however, be managed by a directed, intensive, and long-term effort such as that provided by a CRC. For a case study, the excellent preservation conditions in the Žitava Valley area enable us to study socio-economic and environmental processes leading to and away from social agglomerations, and social complexity among early horticulturalists and early metallurgists.
Duration: 1.8.2013 - 31.12.2028

VirtualArch - Visualize to Valorize – For a better utilisation of hidden archaeological heritage in Central Europe
Vizualizovať a valorizovať pre lepšie využitie skrytého archeologického dedičstva v strednej Európe
Program: INTERREG
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Ruttkay Matej CSc.
Annotation:Cultural heritage is at the heart of what it means to be European and it is being discovered by both governments and citizens as a means of improving economic performance, people’s lives and living environments. Indeed archaeological (arch.) heritage is also now widely appreciated as an essential part of Europe’s underlying socio-economic, cultural and natural capital. This is a significant change in focus as the protection of arch. findings and sites have traditionally been regarded as costs to society. Central Europe has a broad diversity of arch. heritage partly excellently developed and utilized. However, a broad share of this heritage - even of international importance - is very often hardly visible and tangible for the public and faces increasing menaces. In addition, inherent potentials for regional development lie idle and are waiting to become unveiled. But only archaeology, as prime owner of knowledge and information, may introduce those hidden pearls for economic use and implementation. Hence, Virtual Arch will contribute to a sustainable use and protection of non-visible and little known archaeological heritage underground or submerged by increasing the capacities of public actors in the field of archaeological heritage protection on presentation by introducing innovative visualization approaches and methods such as trend-setting ICT&Virtual Reality (VR) tools. This introduces hidden arch. heritage as stimulant for regional growth and employment in new industries. Efforts to address valorization of invisible arch. heritage via visualization cannot be taken by countries and regions in isolation if they are to be effective. Participating regions are facing same challenges and share same aims and objectives. However, local framework conditions, methods and techniques applied are still different. Transnational cooperation will support the development of respective solutions by development of standard procedures, common tools and knowledge exchange.
Duration: 1.7.2017 - 30.6.2020


National projects

Archaeological studies concerning Early Middle Ages
Archeologické štúdie k včasnému stredoveku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Fusek Gabriel CSc.
Annotation:Multithematic project dealing with actual problematic of Early Medieval society in region of toda´s Slovakia and in wider geographical horizon of Eastern Central Europe. Confrontation of standard archaeological dating of early Slavic period with results of radiocarbon analyses. Graveyards as a source for knowing the interethnic relations and social levels of society in the period of Avar Khaganate. Publication of results in form of papers and monographs.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

Fords, bridges, waterways and settlement patterns in Považie and Ponitrie. Pilot project for utilisation of the archaeological underwater methods in Slovakia.
Brody, mosty, diaľkové cesty. Dávnoveké komunikácie a sídla na Považí a Ponitrí s využitím archeológie pod vodou. Pilotný projekt.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Daňová Klaudia PhD.
Annotation:The presented idea is the pilot project focusing on the territory of Slovakia. Its ambition is to explore, document and evaluate the archaeological potential of the underwater enviroment, in cooperation with scientific partners. The selected area are the basins of rivers Váh and Nitra, which, in light of the previous findings, seem to be extremely perspective. However, amounts of technical works and vessels depicted on vedutas or historical maps, written sources and sets of solitary finds do not provide enough informations about their importance. The key to the detailed understanding of a river, as an important element in the life of every society, is its comprehensive research. The possible fulfilment of such research is presented in this project. It would like to bring new informations that will be useful for the future projects relating to communications and mobility of the society in different historical periods. The project draws attention to the protection of underwater cultural heritage in Slovakia.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

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Civilizačný vývoj a štruktúra osídlenia v období kultúry lineárnej na dolnom Požitaví
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Cheben Ivan CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

Človek a krajina - Human and landscape in Kysuce and adjacent Považie region in middle ages and beginning of modern age
Človek a krajina na Kysuciach a priľahlom Považí v stredoveku a na začiatku novoveku
Program: APVV
Project leader: PhDr. Fusek Gabriel CSc.
Annotation:Main result of the project will be complete settlement model of the area of Kysuce region from the beginnings of middle ages to the beginning of modern era, by evaluation of archaeological and enviromental sources. Database of all types of archaeological sources from the period of more than one millenium will be confronted with chosen characteristics of natural environment, leading to the analysis of cultural landscape and historical settlement structures. Emphasis will be put not only on the processing of known archeological finds and localities, but also on recognoscation of terrain by modern prospection methods, using GIS and processing the database by statistical methods.
Duration: 1.7.2016 - 30.6.2020

Dynamics of the environmental changes and landscape development in the Bronze and Iron Age in the northern part of the Western Carpathians
Dynamika zmien prírodného prostredia a využívania krajiny v dobe bronzovej a železnej v severnej časti Západných Karpát
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Benediková Lucia PhD.
Annotation:Palaeoecological and archaeo-environmental reconstruction of the dynamics of environmental changes and land-use in the Bronze and Iron Age in the northern part of the Western Carpathians with the aim to ascertain whether these changes are the result or the cause of changes in the subsistence of prehistoric populations.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

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Edícia archeologických prameňov z obdobia neolitu a eneolitu Slovenska II.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Nevizánsky Gabriel CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

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Kelti, Rimania a Germáni. vidiecke osady a sídla elity
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Březinová Gertrúda CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

Corpus of te early medieval hillforts in Slovakia
Korpus včasnostredovekých hradísk Slovenska
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Ruttkay Matej CSc.
Annotation:Project is focused on a discinctive phenomenon during the early Middle Ages in Slovakia - Hillforts. The objective is to compile a monograph, vhich will contain significantly more knowledge, than is currently available. At the same time detailed field surveys will be conducted with the most detailed documentation, samples will be carefully selected for the dendrochronological, eventually 14C dating, geophysical survey.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

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Kríza a kolaps na pomedzí stredoveku a novoveku (sondy do problematiky v slovenskom kontexte)
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Beljak Ján PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2019

Metallurgy and non-ferrous metals use from late prehistory until early medieval age in area of Slovakia
Metalurgia a využitie farebných kovov v mladšom praveku až vo včasnom stredoveku na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Rajtár Ján CSc.
Annotation:Project is focused on natural-scientific, non-destructive analysis of vast database of artefacts made of non-ferrous metals, dated from the late prehistory (urnfield cultures and hallstatt culture), through proto-history (laténe, roman and great migration periods), until the early medieval period. Aim is to gather relevant information about their composition, raw material sources and processing technologies. Gathered exact data, their evaluation and comparison will serve for identification, if the raw materials used for the artefacts´ creation were local, or were gathered from other, geographically and culturally more distant regions. Results of the analyses will help to evaluate the technical level of metallurgy and general usage of non-ferrous metals by historical cultures, their economic bonds but also various cultural and civilizational influences or transfer of technological experiences and processes.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2020

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Poznanie hospodárstva a spoločnosti doby bronzovej v oblasti severne od stredného Dunaja, prostredníctvom archeologických a enviromentálnych prameňov
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Prof. PhDr. Bátora Jozef DrSc.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022

PRISLO - Contribution of Slovakia to Economic and Social Development of Central European Urnefields
Prínos Slovenska pre hospodársky a spoločenský rozvoj stredoeurópskych popolnicových polí
Program: APVV
Project leader: PhDr. Mitáš Vladimír PhD.
Annotation:The project is focused to continue the processing of specific sources (artefacts, ecofacts and natural sources), that have passed through the archaeological transformations and were obtained on the territory of Slovakia. Based on heterogeneous material from the Late Bronze Age the project will extend findings on the evolution of prehistoric entities in this territory, having regard to the development of colour metallurgy and related contexts. The chronological framework is defined by the beginning and the end of Urnfield civilization in central Europe. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of metallurgy on economic and social development of the European Urnfields. The results of previous archaeological research excavations carried out on numerous sites of the Late Bronze Age in Slovakia clearly show the importance of these sites in that civilizational framework. An important part of the project will be therefore based on comprehensive analysis of metal artefacts from various cultures of the Late Bronze Age, but also on further ceramic and non-ceramic artefacts (e.g. stone, bone, glass), and with attempt to interpret the impact on differentiated social groups and identities. These, on territory of Slovakia, were exposed to cultural influences coming from the more developed areas of western, southern and eastern Europe. With the use of new knowledge, modern methods and involving interdisciplinary approach (anthropology, archaeobotany, paleodemography and etc.), the main ambition of the project is to highlight the importance and interconnection of domestic development with cultural development and civilizational centres of prehistoric
Project web page:http://archeol.sav.sk/index.php/sk/prinos-slovenska-pre-hospodarsky-a-spolocensky-rozvoj-stredoeuropskych-popolnicovych-poli/
Duration: 1.7.2017 - 30.6.2021

POHOPOS - Process and regularities of settlement development in mountain and foothill regions of Western Slovakia during prehistory and early historical period
Proces a zákonitosti osídlenia horských a podhorských oblastí západného Slovenska v praveku a včasnej dobe dejinnej
Program: APVV
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Březinová Gertrúda CSc.
Annotation:Understanding and comparison of regularities of settlement development within mountain and foothill regions of Western Carpathians within Western Slovakia during prehistory and early historical period. Understanding and comparison of settlement structure and recognition of settlement differencies in both landscape types. Definition of turning points of settlement development and (for early historical period) an attempt of their correlation with known historical events. Systematic sampling of selected finding complexes and sites for the needs of absolute chronology as well as other cooperating disciplines with an objective to know and define raw material and environmental background within both investigated landscape types. Mapping the communication lines connecting individual microregions and regions within selected space as well as individual regions with neighbouring territories. On the territory of the Western Slovakia the followed objectives will be solved within the regions of Záhorie, Little Carpathians, middle Váh valley, middle and upper Nitra valley, and Danubian Lowland.
Duration: 1.7.2016 - 30.6.2020

ProSlo - The environment and settlement networks of late Prehistory on the example of selected periods and regions of Slovakia
Prostredie a sídliskové siete mladšieho praveku na príklade vybratých období a regiónov Slovenska .
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Malček Róbert PhD.
Annotation:The objective of the project is monitoring of adaptation strategies of prehistoric populations in selected regions of West, Central and East Slovakia from the old Neolithic to the young/late Bronze Age, their comparison and scientific synthesis of the obtained information. The project focuses on the assessment of the settlement structure and its metamorphoses. The selected areas should show natural and social diversity which is, according to previous opinions, often expressed in dichotomy of cultural development of the Tisza river basin and the Podunajská nížina lowland. Ruptures should be accompanied by cultural changes in individual regions (extinction and origin of archaeological cultures and, besides others, beginnings of various historical epochs). In the project, these ideas will be confronted with the result of the analysis of the collected data assessed in the regional as well as supra-regional context; their validity will thus be verified on the given “sample” and conclusions regarding their similarity or difference in social structures within studied populations and their adaptation strategies will be postulated. Processing of the find fund from selected sites in the studied territory and eras will be a complementary task; this task follows from the necessity to specify our knowledge of material cultures of the given societies and will include the most complex processing of find funds from investigations in selected sites from the studied eras as well as the mobiliary obtained by terrain prospecting during the projectworks using modern analytical methods on interdisciplinary basis (anthropology, archaeobotany, 14C analyses.
Duration: 1.7.2019 - 30.6.2023

Roman fort at Iža and its position on the border of Pannonia
Rímsky tábor v Iži a jeho pozícia na hraniciach Panónie
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Rajtár Ján CSc.
Annotation:The purpose of the project is to process, interpret and publish results of the longstanding archaeological excavation of the Roman fort at Iža (distr. Komárno, SR). The fort, lying on the North-Pannonian frontier section, belonged to the border system limes romanus during the 2nd-4th cent. AD. The aim of the project is to document, analyse and interpret its architectural and development phases and selected collections of the finds from its area in a wider historical context. The project will be focused on the unique earth-and-timber phase of the fortification from the period of the marcomannic wars. The main output will be a serie of the thematic oriented monographs and studies. The results of the project will be presented at domestic and foreign conferences and to the public in a popularized form. The results will be also implemented into the classical archaeology study programmes of Trnava University.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

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Slovensko a stredné Podunajsko: vývoj od včasnej doby dejinnej po začiatok stredoveku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Pieta Karol DrSc.
Annotation:Through a unified assessment of several historical periods this project aims at providing a comprehensive view on the development of Slovakia in comparison with the Middle Danube Region. It refers to successful results of previous projects implemented by this stable research team and relies on discoveries of Celtic, Germanic and Slavic centres in previous years that significantly enhanced interpretational skills of archaeology.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

Slovakia in the Bronze Age - Crossroad of Contemporary European Civilization
Slovensko v dobe bronzovej - križovatka súvekých európskych civilizácií
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Ožďáni Ondrej CSc.
Annotation:Based on the results of new archaeological research excavations carried out on settlements, hill-forts and burial grounds in recent decades, and a comprehensive evaluation of previously unprocessed older and unpublished field activities, the project is focused to clarify historical situation in Slovakia in more detail in the direct context of development in neighbouring and remote areas of Central Europe in the Bronze Age.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

SLOVYSULODUWAHA - Slovak research in the Sudanese site Duweym Wad Haj
Slovenský výskum na sudánskej lokalite Duwejm Wad Hadž
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Kovár Branislav PhD.
Duration: 1.8.2018 - 31.7.2022

The medieval village and its background
Stredoveká dedina a jej zázemie
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Bednár Peter CSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on processing newly acquired material sources concerning development of mediaeval villages in the territory of Slovakia. Its aim is to analyse and present results of more extensive field studies dedicated to the mediaeval rural settlement (Nededza, Figa, Trenčín-Biskupice, Nitra – Párovské Háje, etc.), feudal settlements (Figa), sacral buildings, cemeteries, and objects linked with an economic background of a mediaeval village (fields, roads, exploitation of natural resources in the surroundings of a village).
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

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Stredoveká Nitra v hmotných prameňoch
Program: APVV
Project leader: PhDr. Hanuliak Milan DrSc.
Duration: 1.7.2017 - 30.6.2021

Technology and economics of raw materials in the context of the development of Postpaleolithic lithic stone industries in Slovakia.
Technológia a ekonómia surovín v kontexte vývoja postpaleolitických kamenných industrií na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Nemergut Adrián PhD.
Annotation:The project deals with the study of lithic stone industries from the Mesolithic and Neolithic period in Slovakia. It uses new analytical procedures and methods which are focused on technology and raw material analysis. Evaluating new data from collections from older, but mostly from recent research, will give a new look at the dynamics of technological trends and economics of raw materials in Postpaleolithic industries.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022

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Úloha materiálnej kultúry pri formovaní ekonomických, sociálnych a interetnických väzieb v stredovekých komunitách
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Hanuliak Milan DrSc.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

VNrMB - Nitra County Notitia by Matthias Bel (interpretation and application)
Vedomosti Nitrianskej stolice M. Bela (interpretácia a aplikácia)
Program: APVV
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Ruttkay Matej CSc.
Annotation:Matthias Bel in his work Notitia Hungariae novae historico-geographica (hereinafter referred to as the "Notitia") offered a contemporary perspective of the state, significance, reception and specific facts concerning Hungarian counties within the Habsburg Monarchy. Humanities and social sciences researchers (e.g. historians/historical geographers, philologists) in Slovakia have studied various aspects of the life and work of this representative of the Enlightement. The core of the research was represented by Bel's publishing activities, his religious life and indepth probes into author's selected works. During the past decade a bilingual (Latin-Slovak) version of the Liptov, Orava, Turiec and Trenčín County were published. However, based on the scholarly literature research, it is evident that the Notitia of a particular Slovak county (or its selected parts) has not been sufficiently analyzed and scientifically interpreted from the philological, historical or historical-geographical and ethnological point of view. Nevertheless the results of analysis and interpretation of Bel's work within the scope of these disciplines can be effectively applied for instance in the context of revitalization of regional identities on the example of the landscape and particular ethno-cultural phenomena of selected Slovak regions. The essence as well as the main objective of the project is a Slovak translation of the Latin original of the Nitra County Notitia (lat. COMITATUS NITRIENSIS) and its historical-geographical, philological and ethnographic analysis. By employing specific methods we will identify and reconstruct selected regional identities of the examined area – e.g. cultural landscape and its structure, character of settlement, a way of life or the specifics of socio-professional classification of the county population in the first half of the 18th century. The outputs of the project will have a material, analytical and application character.
Duration: 1.7.2019 - 30.6.2023

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Vita intra muros - interdisciplinárny výskum hradov stredného Slovenska
Program: APVV
Project leader: PhDr. Beljak Ján PhD.
Duration: 1.8.2018 - 30.6.2022

Development and changes of settlement structures of the Upper Tisza river basin in prehistory and early history
Vývoj a premeny sídliskových štruktúr horného Potisia v praveku a v rannej dobe dejinnej.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Horváthová Eva PhD.
Annotation:The suggested project reviews the latest knowledge obtained in several domestic and international projects focused exclusively on investigation of the Slovak regions of the Upper Tisza river basin. Thus, it provides continuity of scientific research within the currently studied topics related to some factors influencing changes in the development of multicultural populations from the earliest Stone Ages to the early history in this geographical territory. Simultaneously, it compares selected environmental and social parameters of the dynamics of settlement in the Lučenec-Košice Depression, sets them in a wider cultural-historical context and studies suggested trends in settlement strategies.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

Projects total: 35