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Recent excavations by the Slovenian ENTRANS team have focused on the hillfort of Cvinger near Dolenjske Toplice. As well as working on the rampart, entrance path and iron smelting area, we have also worked on the remarkable cave, located in the centre of the hillfort. 

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The ENTRANS Project has had a major impact on the perception of archaeological investigations in Slovenia. Recent presentations of our work in Slovenia have focused on innovative fieldwork methods and the use of new digital technologies to cast new perspectives on situla art.

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The ENTRANS team were invited to present findings from their three-year research project at the closing conference for the HERA Joint Research Programme Cultural Encounters. Project Leader Professor Ian Armit also spoke on a panel about ‘How to Manage a Successful HERA Project’, which provided guidance for research teams launching their own projects as part of the new HERA Joint Research Programme Uses of the Past.

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Recent work by the ENTRANS team on Digital Approaches to the Analysis and Presentation of Situla Art was presented at the National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana on Monday 19th September and broadcast by Slovenian National Television. The paper, presented by the University of Bradford team, outlined the various high and low resolution digital capture techniques used on situla art at the National Museum of Slovenia, the City Museum of Ljubljana, the Dolenjska Museum (Novo mesto) and the Archaeological Museum of Istria (Croatia), including animations of the objects and 3D printed panels from the famous Vače situla (on display in the National Museum of Slovenia).


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ENTRANS is delighted to announce that Tamara Leskovar has been awarded a Society for the Study of Human Biology research grant. As part of the collaboration fostered through ENTRANS, Ms Leskovar, who undertook her undergraduate degree at the University of Ljubljana, is studying for an MSc in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology at the University of Bradford. With her new award, Tamara will return to Bradford in 2017 to carry out research in the Isotope Lab, supervised by Dr Julia Beaumont.


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The ENTRANS team is pleased to announce the publication of a new edited volume, Cultural Encounters in Iron Age Europe, published by Archaeolingua. The volume, based around papers presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Istanbul (2014), presents preliminary work from the ENTRANS Project alongside a series of papers on analogous European regions. A range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches are offered in an effort to promote dialogue around these central issues in European prehistory. Thanks to all who contributed!
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The ENTRANS team have just returned from running a successful session on Transcending Borders in Later Prehistoric Europe at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Vilnius, Lithuania (http://eaavilnius2016.lt/scientific-programme/). The session comprised three parts, with papers from ENTRANS team members and colleagues, on bridging chronological, geographical and disciplinary divides. Thanks to all the speakers and those who attended.


The work of the ENTRANS team at the Iron Age hillfort of Cvinger near Dolenjske Toplice attracted much local media interest, including a news item in Dolenjski List newspaper. This has resulted in the organisation of formal tours of the excavations as part of Dolenjske Toplice’s annual ‘municipality day’; something which will attract both locals and visitors in this popular tourist spa town.
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The Slovenian ENTRANS team has just finished excavations at the archaeological complex of Cvinger near Dolenjske Toplice. This year the focus was on test-trenching the most interesting parts of the site, which were identified by Lidar scans and geophysical survey. The main targets were sections through the ramparts, the holloway leading up to the entrance to the hillfort, and the metalworking area between the hillfort and its associated barrow cemetery.

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During a recent trip to the University of Ljubljana’s excavations at the hillfort of Cvinger near Doljenske Toplice, the UK team was able to update co-investigators Matija Črešnar and Hrvoje Potrebica on some of the recent findings from analyses of ENTRANS material in Bradford. The trip was documented by Slovenian National Television (RTV Slovenia), who also undertook filming for our forthcoming documentary on the project, due to be aired later in the year. Watch this space!

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 291827.

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