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The 23rd International Celtic Conference will take place

From May 14th to 17th, 2024, the 23rd International Celtic Conference “Kelti/Die Kelten/The Celts 2024” will take place. The meeting is dedicated to the La Tène period in Central Europe.

Location of the conference: Žilina, Municipal Town Hall.

Conference dates: May 14th to May 17th, 2024.

Conference program is available for download here.


The conference is organized by the Institute of Archaeology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the Regional Monument Board in Žilina, the Slovak Archaeological Society by the Slovak Academy of Sciences, and the town of Žilina.

The event is held under the auspices of the Mayor of Žilina Mgr. Peter Fiabáne.

This event was supported by the Slovak Research and Development Agency under the Contract no. APVV-20-0044.

The organizers would like to express their gratitude to Septentrio, CvA, for the organizational and material support of the event.

The organizers would like to express their gratitude to the municipality of Divinka and the Považské Museum in Žilina for the organizational and material support of the excursion.

The event is open to registered participants.

Dominika Oravkinová received the ‘Danubius Young Scientist Awards’

Dominika Oravkinová is receiving the award.

‘At the ‘Danubius Awards 2023,’ several researchers from regions traversed by the Danube River were honoured for their academic achievements. On October 19, researchers who significantly contributed to the development of the Danube region were recognized. Our colleague, Mgr. Dominika Oravkinová, PhD., received the ‘Danubius Young Scientist Award.’

The ‘Danubius Award’ assessment was established in 2011 to commend individuals who have excelled in their dedication to the Danube region through their academic work or cultural creations.

This award is open to all disciplines and, among other things, helps promote the involvement of young scientists in research and cultural creation related to the Danube River basin. The awards are granted by an independent expert jury. These awards also contribute to the implementation of the European Union strategy for the Danube Region, adopted by the European Parliament in 2011.

We warmly congratulate Dominika!


Young scientists are awarded.

41st international conference Questions of the Neolithic and Eneolithic of our countries

A copy of the statue of Venus of Hrádok in Nitrianský Hrádok (Foto: P. Pogány/ Wikimedia Commons).

On September 27–29 2022 the 41st international conference Questions of the Neolithic and Eneolithic of our countries will take place in Palárikovo.


Programme for download here


V dňoch 27.–29. septembra 2022 sa v Poľovníckom kaštieli Palárikovo uskutoční 41. medzinárodná konferencia Otázky neolitu a eneolitu našich krajín.

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A unique archaeological site from the Neolithic excavated by our archaeologists at Vráble

Uncovering of the skeletons (photo: M. Ruttkay, IA SAS).

The international research team of archaeologists composed of the experts from the Institute of Archaeology (SAS) and the Christian Albrecht’s Universität zu Kiel has researched one of the biggest Central-European settlement agglomerations dated to the Neolithic. The team has been excavating the site for 7 seasons. The settlement existed between 5250–4950 B. C. The three discovered settlements spread over the area of around 50 ha. One of them was fortified with one, maybe even two ditches in the last phase of settlement. This situation is very rare in Central Europe during the Neolithic. Geophysical research has revealed more than 300 long houses. The archaeologists estimate that 50-70 houses were used contemporarily in individual chronological phases.

Already in the past seasons, regular graves around and in the ditch were discovered, but the archaeologists also unearthed skeletons thrown in the bottom of the ditch. This year, an accumulation of human bones was uncovered in the trench near one of the entrances, from which at least 35 skeletons were recovered. The bodies lay in different positions – on the back, on the stomach, on the side, some were found in the stretched “frog position.” All individuals were without head, only one child skull and one mandible were discovered. Peri-mortem fractures were recorded on some of the bones.

The cummulation of human skeletons at the bottom of the ditch (photo: I. Cheben, IA SAS).

Only few accompanying findings were found at the bodies. An interesting found is represented by drilled human teeth, which could have been a component part of some amulets. So far it seems that there were many adolescents and young individuals buried in the trench.

Now, the international interdisciplinary team is about to perform a set of additional analyses which will help us to solve issues such as whether the individuals were intentionally killed, if they were victims of an epidemic event, represent the remains of cult ceremonies, whether they had some mutual genetic links to each other, if their heads were severed intentionally (cut off, chopped off) or post-mortem. Consequently, we will be able to solve other questions regarding social classification and emerging social differentiation in the conditions of early agricultural societies. And maybe we will be able to reconstruct the way the Neolithic society worked and reveal the reason of the fall of this extensive agglomeration.


Plan of one of the settlement entrances (photo: I. Cheben, IA SAS).

Authors of text: Ivan Cheben, Zuzana Hukeľová, Matej Ruttkay (Archeologický ústav SAV, v. v. i.), Martin Furholt, Maria Wunderlich (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel)


Head of archaeological research representing the Institute of Archeology (SAS), Nitra: PhDr. Ivan Cheben, CSc.

Head of archaeological research representing the Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, Christian Albrecht’s Universität zu Kiel: Prof. Dr. Martin Furholt.

The research is carried out in the framework of projects DFG (CRC 1266), APVV a VEGA and with support of the Institute of Archeology (SAS)

The Slovak Academy of Sciences Awards for 2021

From left: prof. RNDr. Pavol Šajgalík, DrSc., president of SAS; Jozef Chudík, RTVS; Mgr. Tereza Štolcová, PhD., PhDr. Karol Pieta, DrSc. and doc. PhDr. Matej Ruttkay, CSc., IA SAS; Mgr. Michal Kšiňan, PhD., member of the presidium of SAS (Photo: K. Gáliková, SAV).

On 30th of June 2022, a ceremony was held at the SAS Congress Centre in Smolenice, where the Slovak Academy of Sciences awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, international scientific and technical cooperation and popularisation of science were presented.

The Slovak Academy of Sciences award for popularization of science and social applications of science was awarded by prof. RNDr. Pavol Šajgalík, DrSc., the President of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, to: PhDr. Karol Pieta, DrSc., doc. PhDr. Matej Ruttkay, CSc., Mgr. Tereza Štolcová, PhD., Mgr. Zbigniew Robak, PhD., from the Institute of Archaeology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, and to Róbert Benkovits, Marína Juríčková and Jozef Chudík from RTVS (Radio and Television of Slovakia) for the series of popular scientific documentary films “Slovak Archaeologists,” which in an accessible way brought to the public significant Slovak and foreign archaeological sites mapped by Slovak experts.


All documentaries about Slovak Archaeologists can be viewed in the RTVS archive:


Bojná hillfort


Princely grave from Poprad


Excavation of Slovak team in Guatemala


Archaelogists in Sudan (Duwejm Wad Hadž)

Early Iron Age in Central Europe will take place in Nitra

On July 6–9 2022 the 4th international conference Early Iron Age in Central Europe will take place in Nitra.

4th international conference Early Iron Age in Central Europe

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V dňoch 6.–9. júla 2022 sa v Nitre uskutoční 4. medzinárodná konferencia Early Iron Age in Central Europe (Staršia doba železná v strednej Európe).

4. medzinárodná konferencia Early Iron Age in Central Europe

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