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The idea for the project came up during after-session discussions at 2011 AARG conference held in Poznań, Poland. There, young scientists from Central European countries discussed the differences between wide archaeological survey approaches in their countries. The idea for a workshop consisting of a discussion panel and a field survey came up in early spring 2012 and has been developed and put into full shape since then. Thanks to partial financing from the Visegrad Fund the Workshop is held in autumn 2012 in Hungary as a result of cooperation between archaeologists and scientists from Visegrad group countries, public education, science and heritage institutions and private sector archaeological companies.
General idea of the project is to create a discussion panel and workshop for exchanging ideas and experience in reading historical landscapes. Such landscapes, referred to as archaeological ones, are landscapes changed by human activity. They can be read through various methodological approaches which include field walking and on-site observation, aerial photography, aerial detection and interpretation of crop- and soilmarks, detailed GPS surveys and application of geodetic techniques, GIS, various geophysical methods (electro-resistivity, geomagnetic, GPR), historical geography, local history, ecology, geology.
Due to the number of different scientific approaches and various survey systems applied in Central European countries (e.g. Record of Archaeological Sites in Poland – Archeologiczne Zdjęcie Polski – a systematic archaeological survey project run since late 70’s of the 20th century that allowed to discover and register over 435000 sites in Poland) the project is aimed at creating a common ground for building cooperation in this field by combining modern and classic techniques. We wish to build cooperation among Central European countries and combine various ideas for discovering, reading, preserving and restoring our mutual cultural heritage on the basic level – reading history from the archaeological landscape.
The participants – experts, young scientists, students – will have a chance to learn and share experience in survey methodologies, applied on-site in the area chosen by our Hungarian partners. Workshops on reading landscapes and discussion about unification of various national systems will take place in order to come out with an idea of common archaeological survey system standards in Central Europe.
Apart from archaeologists, the Workshop is set to reach archaeologists, students of archaeology, geophysicists, representatives of national and archaeological museums, and cultural heritage preservation offices – the researchers from participating countries who wish to implement such mixed and unified techniques in their countries. In long terms, we are going to create a new and common approach for recording cultural heritage of Visegrad Group countries, and as we hope, in other Central European states and beyond.

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