Iron-Age-Danube Monumentalized Early Iron Age Landscapes in the Danube river basin







Over the past few decades, European archaeological heritage gained major attention by connecting prominent archaeological sites to wider transnational networks, which have become a popular tool for their protection, promotion and tourist use. Imposingly attractive, however very fragile, prehistoric landscapes in the Danube programme area remain partly hidden and not well integrated into cultural tourism.
The Iron-Age-Danube project focuses on monumental archaeological landscapes of the Early Iron Age, characterized by, e.g., fortified hilltop settlements and large tumulus cemeteries, from the era between roughly the 9th–4th cent. BC (Hallstatt period). At that time, the Danube region was part of a cultural phenomenon called the Eastern-Hallstatt circle.
The project partnership consists of institutions with complementary expertise in archaeological heritage and cultural tourism, joining in a strong network of institutions and individuals dealing with Early Iron Age heritage. It will build on joint approaches for researching and managing complex (pre)historic landscapes and their integration into sustainable tourism.
The project’s major innovation is the methodological shift of dealing with complex prehistoric landscapes rather than individual sites, therefore the partnership will develop new strategies and methodological tools for their protection, presentation and promotion. More importantly, they will not remain only on a theoretical level, but will be practically tested and implemented in nine micro-regions over five countries. For this process, international camps will be organized, closely linking research agendas with public events and new visitor programmes. All gathered knowledge will be published in landscape studies, which are the basis for a new digital application with interactive visualisations and augmented reality features. With this application and small scale investments, visitors will be able to experience our heritage in a completely different way.

Monumentalized Early Iron Age Landscapes in the Danube river basin
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2552000
ERDF Contribution: 2169200
IPA Contribution: 0
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources


Filename Date of upload
Iron-Age-Danube Cook-Book for Camp Croatia 2017 Kaptol in English 18-10-2017 15:50:19
Project Presentation Croatia Feb 2017 13-03-2017 09:39:34
Fact Sheet Iron Age 14-02-2017 09:03:47
Press Text Iron Age Danube 14-02-2017 09:04:45
Photo Material Iron Age Danube 14-02-2017 09:06:30
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Universalmuseum Joanneum Lead partner Austria
University of Graz, Institute of Archaeology ERDF partner Austria
University of Vienna, Institute of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology ERDF partner Austria
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology ERDF partner Slovenia
Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Centre for Preventive Archaeology ERDF partner Slovenia
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Project News

  • Iron-Age-Danube - Extending the limits: from site to landscape in the Early Iron Age
    - 21-11-2017

    On the 29th of November 2017 a conference about "Extending the limits: from site to landscape in the Early Iron Age" will take place at the Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Library (H‐1088...

  • Iron-Age-Danube - Archaeology Camp Croatia 2017
    - 19-09-2017

    The 6th of September marked the start of the Archaeology Camp Croatia 2017. Take a look at their varied and exciting program and feel invited to be an active part of the Archaeology Camp Croatia 2017.

  • Iron-Age-Danube - Opening ceremony of the Iron-Age-Danube Archaeological-Camps Croatia
    - 08-08-2017

    On the 6th of September 2017 at 7pm the Opening ceremony of the Iron-Age-Danube Archaeological-Camps Croatia will start at the Town Museum of Varaždin, Herzer Palace, Franjevački trg 10. The opening ceremony of the Iron Age Danube project...

  • Iron-Age-Danube - Lecture about "Geophysical prospection" by Branko Mušič.
    - 14-05-2017

    Our project partner 1 - University of Graz - is inviting to a lecture about "Geophysical prospection in complex archaeological and environmental setting". Branko Mušič will hold this lecture on the 18th of May at 18.45pm at the University of...

  • Iron-Age-Danube - Iron-Age-Danube project presentation in Općina Kaptol.
    - 14-05-2017

    On the 17th of May at 11 am our Iron-Age-Danube project partners are presenting our project in Općina Kaptol (Školska street 3, Kaptol).

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