Prehistory in the Balkans: interregional research and educational practices

This publication is an outcome of the international conference ‘Prehistory in the Balkans’ which was a final component of the Common Cultural Heritage project between the Center for Prehistoric Research, Institute of Archaeology in Tirana and the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. This event was the 8 th edition of the already traditional archaeological conference that the Center for Prehistoric Research has been organizing since 2015.

The ‘Prehistory in the Balkans’ conference was scheduled in three days (November 25th-27th - 2022) in the city of Ohrid where both students and specialists presented their knowledge on the cultural heritage from Albania, Serbia and North Macedonia. It considered a series of presentations of students that were involved in the project which presented their research as well as their experiences during the summer workshops and visits of different sites and institutions in the Balkans.

This set was followed up with the presentations by the leading experts in the Balkan prehistory. Archaeologists from various institutions in Albania, Serbia and North Macedonia exposed their current research regarding the regional prehistoric perspectives, networks, and other aspects of social and economic processes in the Balkans from the Paleolithic until Iron Age.

Consequently, this publication, titled as ‘Prehistory in the Balkans: interregional research and educational practices’, summarizes some of the ideas and discussions proposed in this conference, but also emphasizes the current fieldwork and theoretical research in the prehistoric Balkans, such as the transitional period from the Paleolithic into the Neolithic, recent excavations at Pogradec (Lake Ohrid), Magareći Mlin (Vojvodina), Vlaho (Pelagonia) and Cocev Kamen (Kratovo), as well as the archaeobotanic and pottery analyses. We believe this edited book will be a constructive resource for both specialists and students devoted in the research of prehistory and hopefully will inspire new ideas, as well as future academic networks.