PROSPECT fieldwork in Drenovac, Serbia

Between 20 – 24 September 2021, several PROSPECT members, including Philippe De Smedt, Thomas Hermans, Jeroen Verhegge (Ghent University), Dr. Tonko Rajkovaca and Prof. Charles French (University of Cambridge, Department of Archaeology), collaborated during a geoarchaeological and geophysical fieldwork campaign at one of the best preserved, and most ancient, agricultural settlements in Europe. The Neolithic settlement site of Slatina-Turska česma, Drenovac in Serbia has been investigated intensively over the past decades by Prof. Slavisa Perić and his team from the Institute of Archaeology in Belgrade, who hosted the 2021 research campaign.

Alongside geoarchaeological fieldwork, archaeo-geophysical prospection was performed with electromagnetic induction and electrical resistivity tomography to investigate the spatial configuration and environmental setting of the settlement. Currently, results are being processed and integrated with the other collected and available datasets. A brief television report, posted below, was made on this campaign by the RTS national Serbian network.

This research was funded by the British Academy and the Charles McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology (UCambridge).


Electrical Resistance Tomography at Drenovac, Serbia.