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View from the trenches: Montenegro

26 September 2013

Montenegro

Marc Vander Linden, David Orton and Gary Marriner have recently returned from the 2013 field season in Montenegro, led by the EUROFARM project.

EUROFARM, a collaborative international project directed by Marc Vander Linden and funded by the European Research Council (ERC), deals with the introduction of farming practices and associated technologies in the western Balkans.

Dig Diary 2013

In September 2013, two caves, Seocka Pećina and Vezačka Pećina, were tested by the EUROFARM project, in collaboration with archaeologists from the Department of Archaeology, University of Belgrade (Prof Dušan Mihailović) and the Center for Conservation and Archaeology of Montenegro (Mr Dejan Gazivoda).

Seocka Pećina, Montenegro

Both caves are located in the immediate vicinity of the Skadar Lake, the main body of fresh water in the area, and were initially surveyed by Prof Mihailović as part of his long-term research activity on the Pleistocene and early Holocene periods in the region.

While Vezačka Pećina only yielded traces of historical and modern use by shepherds, test excavations in Seocka Pećina revealed a Bronze Age level, as well as several clues to human presence during the final stages of the Pleistocene and/or early Holocene. Further work is planned in 2014 in order to assess better the full archaeological potential of the site.

Vezačka Pećina, Montenegro

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