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IATEKA, Interdisciplinary approach to the territorial evolution of the Kvarner archipelago

As part of the ISITE-BFC project, the project "IATEKA, Interdisciplinary Approach to the Territorial Evolution of the Kvarner Archipelago", carried by Morana Causevic-Bully, UFC / Chrono-Environment was selected among the interdisciplinary research projects.

The islands have the advantage of being geographically well defined spaces, possessing their own particular ecosystems and well definable network of sites and landscape marks. As such, Kvarner archipelago (Croatia, northern Adriatic) has been chosen as the case-study region for the IATEKA project.
The Kvarner islands are in the focus of ongoing historical and archaeological research, conducted through the «Ecclesial and monastic insular complexes in Kvarner archipelago between 5th and 11th century». These have concentrated on the territories of two sites: Mirine-Fulfinum (island of Krk), occupied between 1st and 9th c. AD, and the city of Osor (island of Cres), occupied without interruption since the protohistoric oppidum to the present day. Collected historical and archaeological data, which will determine the major stages of the population settlement and the variability of the occupations, will be highly enriched and complemented by IATEKA project’s new data obtained from archaeological, anthropological, palaecological and spatial research. Anthropology should help us to specify the origin of the populations, their living conditions, and their diet. The palaeoenvironmental analysis will determine the natural setting of successive human occupations. The evolution of the vegetation cover and the dynamics of the sedimentary flows will be apprehended from the study of the available sedimentary recordings and will make it possible to specify the main eco-geo-systemic responses to the climatic changes, the development of the resources and the impact of agricultural practices. The spatial archaeology analysis will complete this information by specifying the different stages of structuring the territories of these islands.
Our main goal is to obtain relevant markers that are likely to provide the elements for the renewed and unprecedented understanding of population dynamics and its consequence on the evolution of these islands natural and anthropic (especially agricultural practice) environments.

Contact :
Morana Causevic-Bully

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