CEU Alumnae Organize HAS Conference on Landscape Archaeology

CEU alumnae Csilla Zatykó (MEDS MA '95) and Magdolna Szilágyi (MEDS PhD '13), who are currently fellows at the Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), organized the conference “Landscape Archaeology in Hungary” at the Institute of Archaeology of the HAS on November 6-7, 2017.

One goal of the conference was to highlight factors that contributed to the establishment of the methodology and main themes of landscape archaeological research in Hungary. The conference also provided a comprehensive overview of the most recent achievements in landscape archaeology that indicate the position of Hungarian research within the discipline at international level. This twofold aim – overview and prospection – defined the structure and themes of the conference.

The conference was organized around seven different subjects:

  • The concept landscape archaeology
  • Environmental archaeology – landscape archaeology
  • Settlement and landscape
  • Use of landscape
  • Communication, road networks
  • Symbolic landscape
  • The methodology of landscape archaeology

CEU Professor Jozsef Laszlovszky speaks at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The inaugural lecture of the conference entitled “What is landscape archaeology?” was delivered by Professor József Laszlovszky of CEU's Department of Medieval Studies and head of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program, who focused on the principal concepts, sources and methods of landscape archaeology. Conference speakers also involved several current and former students of the Department. In their joint lecture, László Ferenczi and Zatykó covered the use of landscape in the Middle Ages, as well as complexity and diversity in landscape archaeology.  Szilágyi discussed the scholarly history, possibilities and challenges of investigation into medieval communication routes. Edit Sárosi gave a paper on the use of historical landscape around Kecskemét. András Vadas spoke about deforestation in Transdanubia during the Ottoman occupation of Hungary. In their joint lecture, Medieval Studies doctoral candidate Ünige Bencze and Oana Toda, a visiting researcher at CEU with a Domus scholarship, discussed the use of landscape on the estates of the Benedictine Abbey of Kolozsmonostor (Manastur, Romania). Including the lectures above, altogether 35 papers were delivered and 15 posters were exhibited during the two days of the conference.