Monumentalized Early Iron Age Landscapes in the Danube river basin, acronym Iron-Age-Danube, a European partnership project officially started on 1st January 2017 with a set duration of 30 months. The project receives funding from the European Union’s Interreg Danube Transnational Programme.
Iron-Age-Danube – Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
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-5th century BC (Hallstatt period). At that time, the Danube region shared a common cultural sphere called the Eastern-Hallstatt circle. Its imposingly attractive, but very fragile, prehistoric landscapes have remained hidden and unintegrated into cultural tourism up to the present day.
The major goal of the project is to develop and implement joint strategies in order to increase public awareness of the importance and attractiveness of these prehistoric sites, incorporated in the cultural and natural landscapes of the NW Danube region. To achieve this goal, the project is concerned with five aspects of heritage management: acquiring data, monument protection, presentation and the promotion of cultural heritage and its tourist use.
Iron-Age-Danube – Methodology
The project’s major innovation is the methodological shift to dealing with complex prehistoric landscapes rather than with individual sites. The strategies for the preservation and promotion of these landscapes will also be implemented and practically tested in nine micro-regions over five countries. In order to achieve this, international camps are organized, closely linking research agendas with public events and new visitor programmes. All gathered knowledge will be published in landscape studies. For an enhanced visitor experience, new digital applications with interactive visualisation and augmented reality features will be developed, offering a completely different insight into heritage.
Iron-Age-Danube – Further objectives
Archaeo-Connect – A specific focus of the project is to create a newly developed common Early Iron Age cultural heritage database.
Monumentalized Landscapes – The Iron-Age-Danube project is employing an innovative approach to archaeological heritage in the programme area, dealing with complex prehistoric landscapes that combine cultural and natural environments.
Living Iron Age – Through the implementation of innovative methods and technologies, the project will change the perception of prehistoric landscapes.
Iron-Age-Danube – Partnership
The Lead Partner of the project, from whom the initiative originated, is the Universalmuseum Joanneum Graz. The Universities of Vienna, Graz, Ljubljana, Maribor and Budapest, the Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb, the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, the Archaeological Museum Zagreb, Matrica Museum Százhalombatta and the Archaeolingua Foundation are involved as project partners. There are nine associated partners participating in the project.
Iron-Age-Danube – Archaeolingua Foundation’s participation
Archaeolingua Foundation brings into the project decades of experience in science to public promotion and an experience in transnational level projects. Apart from communication and publishing, it will be instrumental in the revitalization of the Sopron-Burgstall Iron Age site.
During the project, the online journal Hungarian Archaeology will regularly report on news and events of the Iron-Age-Danube project and provide information on the activities of partners and on other project-related contents.