Living and learning on the Bronze Age Tell of Százhalombatta

Lecture at the Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb
Lecture at the Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb

I will be giving a lecture at the Institute of Archaeology in Zagreb, Croatia on 20th November 2014. My talk, entitled Living and Learning on the Bronze Age Tell at Százhalombatta, discusses some of the finds and interpretations of the excavations at this important site which she co-directs with Dr Magdolna Vicze (Matrica Museum) and Dr Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (University of Cambridge).

Invitation to the lecture (PDF)

Students learning about prehistoric textiles

Students trying on costumes
Students trying on costumes

On Thursday 6th November, first year undergraduate students studying Archaeological Science and Materials had the opportunity to learn about prehistoric textiles. Karina Grömer from the Natural History Museum, Vienna – a leading researcher in archaeological textiles –  was visiting the Department and kindly brought with her samples of reproduction textiles and costumes. The students carried out a practical during which they learned how to record archaeological textiles and also had some fun trying on the costumes!

Another post card from Százhalombatta , Hungary

Excavators at Százhalombatta
Excavators at Százhalombatta
For 3 weeks in July students from the University of Southampton were working alongside those from Budapest, Cambridge, and Pecs excavating the Middle Bronze Age Tell at Százhalombatta, Hungary. This season’s work focused on understanding the next phase in the settlement history, marked by the disappearance of the major houses (that we first found some years ago) and the road through the settlement. There seems to be a general change in the characteristics of the site, corresponding with shifts in the pottery from Koszider to Vatya forms.
Alongside their work at the site, the Southampton students visited the Matrica Museum and Százhalombatta Archaeological Park where they saw a range of reconstructed Bronze and Iron Age houses, and Iron Age tumuli. Dr Alice Choyke, an expert on bone tools, visited the site and gave the students a seminar. They have also made visits to Budapest, including a trip to the National Museum of Hungary.

Postcard from Hungary

Students on top of the Iron Age rampart
Students on top of the Iron Age rampart

Greetings from Hungary! Students from the University of Southampton have begun excavating for 3 weeks at the important Bronze Age tell settlement at Százhalombatta, 30km south of Budapest on the River Danube.

They form part of an Anglo-Hungarian project directed by Magdolna Vicze (Director of the Matrica Museum), Joanna Sofaer (University of Southampton) and Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (University of Cambridge).

The site also has a substantial Iron Age fortification which the students saw as part of their induction on the first day at the site. Above you can see them on top of the Iron Age rampart, and below the amazing view from the rampart along the Danube towards Budapest. It really shows what a strategic position the site has.

view from the rampart along the Danube towards Budapest
View from the rampart along the Danube towards Budapest

Forthcoming international conference Creativity: An Exploration Through the Bronze Age and Contemporary Responses to the Bronze Age

Members of the HERA-funded project Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA) (www.cinba.net) co-ordinated by myself are getting ready for the forthcoming international conference Creativity: An Exploration Through the Bronze Age and Contemporary Responses to the Bronze Age to be held on 10th-11th April 2013 at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, UK. There is a fantastic line up of speakers drawn from all across Europe (www.cinba.net/conference). To coincide with the conference a new exhibition of contemporary craft will be opening at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge. The exhibition Creativity In The Bronze Age – A Response.
Work by Mary Butcher, Susan Kinley, Helen Marton, Syann van Niftrik, Julian Stair, Sheila Teague and Gary Wright showcases the work of some of the best-known contemporary British artists/designers who have been working with CinBA since May 2012.

The conference and exhibition promise to be very exciting events. Registration for the conference is open until 3rd April (£58 students; £68 full registration) so there is still time to book a place if you would like to come along. Hope to see you there!

CinBA conference update

The programme for the international conference Creativity: An Exploration Through the Bronze Age and Contemporary Responses to the Bronze Age is now available. It promises to be a very exciting event with 32 speakers and 10 poster presentations. Register for … Continue reading

The programme for the international conference Creativity: An Exploration Through the Bronze Age and Contemporary Responses to the Bronze Age is now available. It promises to be a very exciting event with 32 speakers and 10 poster presentations. Register for … Continue reading