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 century BC (Hallstatt period).
The project partnership builds 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: Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. 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

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
University of Maribor, Faculty for Agriculture and Life Sciences ERDF partner Slovenia
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Project News

  • Iron-Age-Danube - Archaeology Camp Slovenia 2018
    - 13-03-2018
    Archaeology Camp Slovenia 2018

    Last week the Archaeology Camp Slovenia 2018 started in Novo Mesto. Take a look at the various program of the Archaeology Camp Slovenia 2018 for the next months and feel invited to join the activities.

  • Iron-Age-Danube - Opening of the Iron-Age-Danube Archaeological Camp Slovenia 2018
    - 01-03-2018
    Opening of the Iron-Age-Danube Archaeological Camp Slovenia 2018

    Friday, 9th of March 2018 Museum of Dolenjska, Muzejska ulica 7, Novo mesto 18.00: Opening of the Iron-Age-Danube Archaeological Camp Slovenia 2018. Opening address by Damjana Pečnik, state secretary at the Ministry of Culture of...

  • Iron-Age-Danube - CALL FOR PAPERS: "Guardians of the contexts" – towards (more) responsible use of the European archaeological resources
    - 07-02-2018

    Please join our International conference on the legislation, strategies and principles for the inclusion of the amateur archaeologists & metal detectorists into the scientific research and heritage protection schemes, and consolidation of the...

    - 01-02-2018

    Please join our session #749 about the protection and promotion of archaeological landscapes at the 24th annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) in Barcelona, Spain, 5 - 8 September 2018! This will be the largest...

  • 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...

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