Welcome to the Workshop’s site!


Welcome to the official site of the Workshop for Reading Past and Present Landscapes. The workshop in 2012 is held in Hungary. It’s aim is to create a platform for an international think-tank exchanging experience and methods of reading historical landscapes. The project involves public institutions, private companies and scientists from Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. The Workshop is being financed partially by the International Visegrad Fund.

A glimpse of the “new” Old Nieszawa

As reported earlier, the work on the publication about 15 years of search for the Medieval first location of Nieszawa is being completed. Beside the historical documents query, reports on excavations, aerial survey and documentation, and non-invasive geophys survey a brand new digital reconstruction of the Medieval settlement has been prepared. The new digital model of medieval Nieszawa has been created by J. Zakrzewski and S. Rzeźnik and is based on current state of knowledge about the spatial organisation of the city. Presented below are few samples of the digital model that give a taste of the upcoming book, about which you can read more on the projects site: staranieszawa.pl

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Monograph publication about medieval Nieszawa’s discovery coming soon

The publication summarizing the past 15 years of research that led up to the discovery and reconstruction of the forgotten medieval city of Nieszawa is being completed. The monograph publication represents all aspects of research conducted in the past decades, ranging from test trenching, through long-term aerial observations, and finally geophysical prospection. The publication was financed by The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. You can read more about the project at it’s site both in English and Polish. The cover of the upcoming book is presented below.

okladka2aSource: staranieszawa.wordpress.com

“To see the invisible” – exhibition on reading landscapes in Poland

The Regional Museum in Pińczow with Interdisciplinary Research Foundation of Godfryd Ossowski kindly invite to visit the exhibition “To See  The Invisible – Zobaczyć Niewidzialne” that will be opened on December 19th 2014 at 12CET in the building of the Regional Museum in Pińczów (Poland).

ZobaczycNiewidzalneiThe exhibition’s theme centres on the results of non-invasive means of reading archaeological landscapes through various survey methods that are available to contemporary archaeologists. Recognition of archaeological sites currently is based not only on archaeological digs and trenching that lead to irreversible destruction of archaeological tissue. Recently a new standard takes on the main role of providing spatial archaeological data, involving a broad application of non-invasive and geophysical techniques. A case of such a modern shall be presented based on the survey in the vicinity of Nieprowice (Pińczów district) in the loess-highland region of southern Poland.

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New publication based on the results of the Workshop

We would like to present Gábor Mesterházy’s article, published in Archaeologiai Értesítő 138 (2013) titled Regionális léptéku terepbejárás módszertani lehetőségeinek vizsgálata Magyarországon (Testing the possibilities of regional scale field survey methodology in Hungary). Published in Hungarian it also includes a summary in English. The article is available here and in our site’s Publications section.

Report about the Workshop in Hungarian Archaeology E-journal (Winter ed. 2012)

Gábor Mesterházy and Máté Stibrányi have prepared another publication about the Workshop. It has been published in English in E-journal of Hungarian Archaeology (winter edition 2012) and we would like to invite our readers to read it. The article is currently available on the page of the journal and on our page in the Publications section.

Panoramic picture taken from the Bronze Age Hillfort site.

Panoramic picture taken from the Bronze Age Hillfort site.

Polish Press Agency’s summary on the Workshop

logo-plAnother article about the Workshop is available online. Science in Poland portal – a specialised site of Polish Press Agency, has published an article (in Polish) with a summary of the 2012 project. You can read the whole article following the link given below:


Reading Landscapes in Central Europe: A Documentary – World Premiere

01. TytułProject’s latest feature – a movie documentary is here! Welcome to the world premiere of Reading Landscapes in Central Europe: A Documentary. Put together from numerous clips produced by the Workshop’s participants an 8-minute-long movie has emerged. Produced by Stanisław Rzeźnik of Archeomap, edited by Jakub Zakrzewski, the documentary focuses on crucial elements of the 2012 Workshop, depicting through participants’ footage the true side of wide-range survey and non-invasive methods of prospection. Some of the material consists of footage taken through digital cameras air-lifed by a multicopter belonging to Hungarian Interspect.Net company, whose staff has been aiding the Workshop.

The documentary introduces the following themes present at the Workshop in Hungary:

  • Preparations,
  • Surface Artefact Collection,
  • Lectures,
  • Kite Aerial Photography,
  • Preparing the Multicopter for Flight.
  • Geophysical Survey,
  • Hillfort Survey,
  • Roman Villa Survey,
  • Multispectral Imagery.

We would like to invite you to this night’s premiere directly here or on any of the websites providing hosting services for the movie (below). We wish you a pleasant journey into the world of archaeology, geophysics, fast cars and beautiful Hungarian landscapes.

YouTube Version

Vimeo Version