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LanDscape History

Historical Landscape in the Middle Course of the Morava River

(Central Europe, First Millennium CE)

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.


A large number of historical structures from the first millennium CE have been preserved in the cultural landscape around the middle reaches of the Morava River. The landscape palimpsest offers wide-ranging possibilities for studying ethnic and cultural traditions – the core of modern Central European society. Since the start of the 1st century, events in the studied area of the middle course of the Morava River were accompanied by processes resulting in the origin and stabilisation of medieval state units. This trend may be observed across Europe in regions originally located on the  border of the Roman Empire. During the 1 st. millennium, settlement activities of several ´ethnic´(´tribal´) groups were documented in the studied area, which left traces of their presence in archaeological sources. Therefore, it is possible to analyse changes in the burial rite, in the settlements patterns and in the subsistence strategies in relation to the ethnic and geopolitical situation.

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