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Absolute dating of the Late Bronze and the Early Iron Age in Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.02.00  Humanities  Archaeology   

Code Science Field
H340  Humanities  Archaeology 
Late Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Radiocarbon dating, Absolute dating
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (6)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  29357  PhD Vojka Cestnik  Humanities  Junior researcher  2008 - 2011  34 
2.  25574  PhD Matija Črešnar  Humanities  Researcher  2008 - 2011  477 
3.  29833  Mojca Jereb  Archaeology  Researcher  2008 - 2009 
4.  29832  Gašper Rutar  Archaeology  Researcher  2008 - 2009  308 
5.  05829  PhD Ljubinka Teržan  Archaeology  Head  2008 - 2011  474 
6.  10760  PhD Peter Turk  Archaeology  Researcher  2008 - 2011  322 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  97,958 
2.  0613  National museum of Slovenia  Ljubljana  5055482000  2,674 
The goal of the research project is it to establish a more suitable chronological scheme for Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, which would be based on a higher amount of radiocarbon analysis, taken from archaeological material which is chosen from relevant closed contexts. That will give us the opportunity to make a more suitable synchronisation with the Centro-European, Italian and Greek chronological systems. We assume that our results will have a fundamental influence on the interpretation of the archaeological and historical image of the Slovenian territory in the 2nd and 1st Millennium BC in the framework of the cultures of the Ancient world.
Significance for science
The research on dating methods and procedures in prehistoric archaeology enables us to gain a more precise insight into the range of archaeological science in its historical perspective. As the output of our research we have promised ourselves more precise chronological frameworks for the single sequences of the Bronze and Iron Age i.e. period from the middle of the 3th Millennia BC till the end of the 1st Millennium BC. Our thesis proved itself right, as the radiocarbon dating of the chosen samples from archaeologically relevant contexts has provided new and much more precise chronological data, offering a solid base for an essentially improved overall picture of dynamics of the different cultural phenomena in the discussed periods in Slovenia as well as in neighbouring regions of Central and Southern Europe.
Significance for the country
The use of radiocarbon dating method for the study of Late Bronze and Early Iron Age in Slovenia was until recently used only infrequently. The lack of such research was also one of the reasons why we have decided to form a research group and to apply for the already completed project, which would enable us to catch up the pace with the development which we can observe in the archaeological science in the rest of the Europe and around the globe. In our opinion the presented project belongs to the fundamental projects in the frame of archaeological science, as it has gathered a solid database of radiocarbon dated samples from suitable documented archaeological contexts and has therewith set significant new parameters on the methodological as on the interpretative level of research. An important message was sent as following our initiative colleagues of ours, above all those carrying out extensive excavations in connection with the heritage protection service, on one hand set their own internal criteria for acquiring samples for radiocarbon dating and on the other hand encouraged themselves to perform also research on the scientific level. Those are the reasons why we are positive, that our project was successful and represents a more than solid base for related research in future.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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