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The project PalaeoDiversiStyria connects new knowledge from archaeology, archaeobotany and botany with current challenges in agriculture, monument protection and tourism. The partnership, established and managed by the Universalmuseum Joanneum, connects cross-border institutions with the necessary knowledge in these disciplines.


Project partners

  • Universalmuseum Joanneum (Lead Partner)
  • Zavod za varstvo kulturne dediščine Slovenije (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia)
  • Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Institute of Plant Sciences
  • University of Maribor, Faculty of Agriculture and Biosciences
  • Municipality of Großklein
  • Municipality of Hoče-Slivnica


Project goals

Besides the identification of original plant species in archaeological contexts and their revitalisation, the project includes the development of new products for tourism, which are characterized by the trends in alternative nutritional habits. The reintroduction of old crops leads to a greater biodiversity and allows local producers to offer new and attractive products that relate to the local archaeological heritage. By making these products an unmistakable touristic brand, they contribute to sensitization for the archaeological heritage of the region. As part of the project the cooperation of scientists with local companies and tourism providers is particularly encouraged. By this we intend to strengthen understanding of the common goals in the protection of cultural heritage and the agricultural tradition of the Styrian-Slovenian border region.

„PalaeoDiversiStyria“ was prepared by the Universalmuseum Joanneum in collaboration with partners from Austria and Slovenia and submitted to the open call of the Cooperation Programme Interreg V-A Slovenia-Austria 2014-20, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The approved total budget is around € 1.320.000, of which 85% are ERDF funds. The project started in October 2016 and has a term of 3 years.

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Interreg Danube Transnational Programme

Overall budget of the project: 2.552.000,00 EUR (2.169.200 EUR of EFRE funds [85%])
Budget of theUniversalmuseumJoanneum: 398.850,00 EUR (EFRE: 339.107,50 EUR; own resources: 59.842,50 EUR)

Time frame
1st of January 2017 – 30th of June 2019

Objectiveand working regions
Research, protectionand touristicuse of the most important Iron Age Landscapes in Austria (AT), Croatia (CRO), Hungary (HU), Slovakia (SVK) and Slovenia (SI), among them the micro-regions of Großklein (AT), Strettweg (AT), Jalžabet (CRO), Kaptol (CRO), Poštela (SI), DolenjskeToplice (SI), Százhalombatta (HU), Süttő (HU) and Sopron (HU).


Why project "Iron Age Danube"?

The Hallstatt culture extended from 800 till 450 before Christ from the northeast of France to the northwest of the Balkan Peninsula. Today it is put in context with the appearance of innovative technologies, social upheavals and commercial networks through whole Europe. During the Hallstatt culture iron became etabliated as raw material instead of Bronze in middle and eastern parts of Central Europe. The Iron brought wealth and a new upper class was formed. This was manifested in fortified hill-top settlements and tumuli necropolises with sporadic, richly equipped 'chieftains ' graves'. Today ceramic and metal finds from such settlements and graves are part of the most valuable stocks of the whole European Prehistory and are often the highlights of museums. Until now there were little attempts made to look at the Hallstatt culture or the Early Iron age as a European-wide phenomenon andto use the research results to create a cross-country programmes for tourists. That is the objective of the project “Monumentalized Early Iron Age Landscapes in the Danube River Basin” (“Iron-Age-Danube”).

The project officially started in January with a Kick-Off-event in Graz, where the lead partner the Universalmuseum Joanneum is located. The project lasts from the 1st of January in 2017 till the 30th of June in 2019 and is part of the Interreg Danube Transnational program of the European Union. It is funded by the European Union with about 2.169.200 EUR on funds of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). These ERDF resources make 85% of the total project volume which is about 2.552.000 EUR.


  • Archaeological landscape research during the international excavation camps
  • Development of new digital and analoguetools for tourists in the chosen micro-regions
  • Development of an open-source digital research database
  • Revitalisation of archaeological parks and trails
  • Creation of new visitor programs for the museums
  • International promotion of the most important Iron Age landscapes
  • Development of strategies for the supraregional protection, research and sustainableuse of the archaeological landscapes



LP (AT) - Universalmuseum Joanneum [ https://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/ archaeologymuseum-schloss-eggenberg]

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The project Iron Age Danube has been selected as one of the finalist of the RegioStars 2018 award.

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Archaeology Camp Slovenia 2018

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