The Balkan Cave Archaeology website is an idea which emerged from the lack of online references and information about the archaeology of caves and rockshelters in the Balkan region. The cultural differences through the Balkan peninsula have interfered with the archaeological research and the collaborative work for many years. The outcome was a fragmented context, that was difficult to deal with and resulted in minimal engagement between the researchers and the local communities.
This website aims to be a hub that will support the collective work between Balkan cave archaeologists and anyone who has an interest in cave usages in the Balkans, past and present. At the same time it aims to be a starting point for fellow researchers who are interested in Balkan Archaeology and those who are looking for basic information and bibliographical assistance.
If you would like to contribute to this project, you can download the Cave Log form, fill it in with any information about published archaeological caves in the Balkans, and then send it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We launch this website that already includes 35 caves form Greece, Albania, Croatia and Montenegro and soon we will add caves form Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria. If you would like to be in touch, send us an email with your contact details and we will add you on our mailing list.
At the general bibliography page you can also find a list with references on cave archaeology in Balkans. In this category we would like to see your contributions of papers focusing on the archaeology of Balkan Caves, if you know any, or have published yourself!
From this blog you will hear our news, publications, actions and updates. As a project in progress during 2015 we are organising archival research about the types of uses in Balkan caves diachronically and a summer field working expedition in Montenegro, Croatia and Greece.
As a closing remark we would like to thank British Cave Research Association which supported the initial idea and the construction of this website.
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the Balkan Cave Archaeology team