Upcoming fieldwork in Bosnia & Herzegovina makes local news
March 4, 2013 Leave a comment
Final preparations are under way for our first official EUROFARM field season, working with Mrs. Ivana Pandžić and the Museum of the Republika Srpska (Banja Luka) at the site of Kočićevo in northern Bosnia & Herzegovina. With work due to start in a couple of weeks, Ivana gave this interview to Banja Luka daily Glas Srpske.
Various members of the team were involved in the survey and initial test-pitting of the site, so we are excited to return for another season of full-scale excavation. Located on an old river bank on the floodplain of the Vrbas (a tributary of the Sava) the site is provisionally dated to c.4800-4500 cal. BC, associated with a potential secondary expansion of farming in the region. Previous field seasons aimed at placing this site in its wider landscape context, especially its relationship to the nearby palaeochannel. Following the discovery of several overlapping pits last year, this field season will target the upper half of the riverbank in order to identify and excavate as many Neolithic features as possible. This work will be coupled with further archaeological and geomorphological survey of the local area. Archaeological work will be conducted by a collaborative team of archaeologists from University College London, University of Cambridge, Museum of Gradiška, Museum of the Republika Srpska and the Republic Institute for Protection of Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage.
Once the Bosnian field season is concluded we will be turning our attention to our second focus area, Montenegro, with a week in April to visit caves for potential excavation in Summer 2013.