The Sava valley is a natural east-west communication route from the southeastern Alps to the southeastern Carpathian Basin, where it flows into the Danube. Middle part of the Sava valley, from Novska in the west to the Danube confluence in Syrmia in the east, was densely inhabited in the Late Bronze Age (13th–9th century BC). This region stood on the southern edge of the Central European phenomenon of the Urnfield Culture, towards the Balkan communities of the Bronze Age.

The project focuses on the site of Dolina na Savi, which lies on the left bank of the River Sava, across from famous site Donja Dolina. The results of the excavations, which have been going on since 2009, have opened new perspectives for the research of local, regional, and wider socioeconomic and communication contexts in the Late Bronze Age.

The implementation of this project will contribute toward better understanding of the communication networks along Sava valley both in regional and wider context of Late Bronze Age communities in the area between the Alps and southeastern Europe.

Principal Investigator


JESH – Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities, ÖAW