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South-eastern Alps in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC

The aim of the research is to outline the historical development in the south-eastern Alps in the last two centuries BC on the basis of the archaeological sources. These troubled times are characterized by a repeated colonization of the hill-top settlements, varying cultural orientation of particular territories (aligned with Central Europe or with Italy), the appearance of local forms of material culture, a gradually Romanising acculturation, the Roman occupation, and the preservation of some of the pre -Roman cultural elements in the first decades after the occupation.

The first part of the programme will comprise a preparation of a database, which will include all important data about the sites in the defined territory and will be a basis for the catalogue of the sites and for the comparative analyses. We shall consider the settlements, the cemeteries, the sanctuaries, the sites associated with water, and the hoards.

The warrior Grave 37 from Verdun

The second part of the programme will be the publication of some key archaeological sources and the analytical studies of some selected types of small finds.

In the final monograph we shall date the sites relatively and absolutely, make cultural-historical comparisons between the sites and between the territorial units, present the commercial currents and the expansion of cultural influences, as well as outline historical development in the south-eastern Alps in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC.

Dragan Božič

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