Confi nia et horizontes is a publication series aimed at disseminating the results of major prehistoric (Neolithic and Bronze Age) projects of the Romano-Germanic Commission of the German Archaeological Institute.

confinia borito 1The title of the new series deliberately combines Latin and Greek terms: in referring to border regions and boundary lines, it calls to mind that any marginal, liminal zone is characterised by diff erent groups that establish contacts through exchange and trade, transfer ideas, knowledge and practices, and thus open new perspectives and horizons.

The individual volumes will be joint publications with our cooperating partner institutions. Volume 1 of this new series presents current research into the environmental history of the Sárköz region fl anking the central Carpathian Basin in southern Hungary. The contributions provide insights into the history of the landscape based on hydrological data, evidence from oxbow lakes, and archaeobotanical research. The main focus is on the results of surveys and excavations of the prehistoric settlements at Alsónyék, Fajsz-Kovácshalom, Fajsz-Garadomb, and Tolna-Mözs. The ultimate goal of Confi nia et horizontes is to achieve interdisciplinarity.

Table of contents

Lectori salutem! Eszter Bánffy

The Danubian Sárköz: A geographic, prehistoric, and historic region in the southern Hungarian section of the Danube Valley. An introduction. Eszter Bánffy

Windows onto the landscape: Prospections on the prehistoric sites at Alsónyék, Fajsz-Kovácshalom, Fajsz-Garadomb and Tolna-Mözs in the Sárköz region.
Knut Rassmann, Frank Stevens, Krisztián Oross, Tibor Marton, Anett Osztás, Gábor Serlegi, Kay Winkelmann and Eszter Bánffy

Prehistoric environment of the Sárköz region in the Danube Valley, southern Hungary. Case studies from infilled oxbow lakes.
Pál Sümegi, Katalin Náfrádi, Tünde Törőcsik, Gusztáv Jakab, Elvira Bodor, Mihály Molnár, Balázs Pál Sümegi, Réka Orsolya Tapody, István Knipl, Rozália Kustár and Eszter Bánffy

Groundwater under scrutiny: A hydrological aspect of human settlement strategy in the vicinity of the southern shoreline of Lake Balaton.
Gábor Serlegi

Investigation of the plant macro-remains from four archaeological excavations at Fajsz-Garadomb and Alsónyék-Bátaszék in the Sárköz region and their comparison with the archaeobotanical record from other Hungarian Neolithic sites.
Angela Kreuz, Péter Pomázi, Anett Osztás, Krisztián Oross, Tibor Marton, Jörg Petrasch, László Domboróczki, Pál Raczky and Eszter Bánffy