Archaeological Research in Southern Balkan Lakes: Outline and First Results

Ballmer, Ariane; Hafner, Albert; Bogaard, Amy; Kotsakis, Kostas; Tinner, Willy (22 December 2020). Archaeological Research in Southern Balkan Lakes: Outline and First Results (Unpublished). In: Prehistory in Macedonia. International conference on archaeology and archaeological science. Online. 22. Dezember 2020.

In the years 2018–20, a series of archaeological, archaeobotanical and palaeoecological field investigations have been carried out in and around lake shore settlements of the Neolithic and Bronze Age in the border triangle between Greece, North Macedonia and Albania. The research is carried out in the framework of the interdisciplinary project 'Exploring the dynamics and causes of prehistoric land use change in the cradle of European farming' (EXPLO) (, awarded by the European Research Council with a Synergy Grant. The project is headed by international specialists from the Universities of Bern, Oxford and Thessaloniki. The paper will present the project's very first results and most importantly point out the considerable potential of the Southern Balkans lakes region for the archaeology of prehistoric wetland dwellings, the study of early and middle Holocene climatic conditions and human-environment interactions, as well as the lakes' value in regards to high-resolution chronologies, particularly dendrochronology.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History

UniBE Contributor:

Ballmer, Ariane Thu; Hafner, Albert and Tinner, Willy


500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




Ariane Thu Ballmer

Date Deposited:

12 Jan 2021 09:33

Last Modified:

12 Jan 2021 09:33

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Southern Balkans, Wetland archaeology, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Paleoecology, Dendrochronology


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