Our work

Research historyTest excavations last century identified the importance of the site, leading to the current multidiscipliary project.  Read more>
Our TeamWe bring together a range of specialisms from Universities across Europe to support our fieldwork program. Read more>
Supporting institutionsThe work at Idjos is supported by academic and state institutions and funding bodies. Learn more>
Results We are developing a comprehensive digital data management and dissemination system and publication program. Learn more>

Research mission

The archaeological site of Idjos in the south-central Great Hungarian Plain in Serbia was occupied periodically for over 5000 years, from Europe’s first Neolithic farmers to the builders of an elaborate Late Bronze Age fortification.

Its scale and character led to it being declared a site of ‘great heritage importance’ in national legislation. Idjos lies close to the River Tisza communication corridor at an ancient geographic and cultural crossroad. Our project explores three key phases and associated themes: 1) Europe’s First Farmers: The Early Neolithic (ca. 6000-5500 BC); 2) Emerging Complexity: The Middle-Late Neolithic (5500-4500 BC); 3) Centralisation, stratification and migration? Late Bronze-Early Iron Age (ca. 1400-800 BC). Lying between major cultural complexes in each phase, the liminal role of Idjos underwrites the importance of this site for research. By cross-referencing three transformative periods using one site, we will explore the interaction between landscape, environment and people, with particular focus on defining domestic practices and the receptivity of influences from the major cultural complexes surrounding the site. The first discrete phase of our exploration in 2015 will establish the character and extent of the site and its relationships in the landscape. Using geophysics, aerial photography, surface survey, coring, test trenching and GIS we will create a systematic digital model incorporating topography, cultural deposit depths, dating, and provisional characterisation of the material culture recovered. Ceramic analysis will define the presence of, and interaction between, local and non-local technological, stylistic and practical features with reference to crafting, shape and function. The liminal location of Idjos and its surrounding landscape make it ideal for addressing wider historical developments of the Neolithic and Bronze Age in an important but under-researched region of Europe.