Invitation to the online International scientific conference: Relatively Absolute. Absolute and Relative Chronologies of the Neolithic Period in Southeast Europe.

13. May 2022.

Тhe Institute for Balkan Studies of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Regional Absolute Chronologies of the Late Neolithic in Serbia cordially invite you to attend an online International scientific conference titled Relatively Absolute. Absolute and Relative Chronologies of the Neolithic Period in Southeast Europe. 

The Conference will be held online, using Zoom platform on June 10th 2022 from 10.00 AM Belgrade Time. The link for the Zoom stream and Conference program can be found on the details page below.


Relatively Absolute.

Absolute and Relative Chronologies of the Neolithic Period in Southeast Europe (Belgrade, Virtual, 10 June, 2022)

International Scientific Conference

The measurement of time in archaeology has always been fundamental. The refining of chronologies has been intertwined with archaeological science since its inception. In archaeology, as in other aspects of life, chronology is important because the exact order in which events occur helps us understand the cause and the effect of those events, and thereby allow us to step back and view the "big picture" of history - how and why events unfold in the way they do, and how they are related. Chronology can also help us on the “micro” scale, providing us with insight into everyday lives of settlements, households and even one time life events, like burials.

Over the years, archaeology has developed or borrowed and adapted a multitude of methods to better define and record chronological events. The two chronological aspects, the relative (or the recording of what is earlier and later) and the absolute chronology (methods grounded in science to measure the absolute passing of time) have today become an entangled mass of data that has managed to narrow, at times, the timeframe of events to mere years, even in the distant past.

The absolute chronology of the Neolithic in Southeast Europe has been examined for over half a century, from the earliest radiocarbon dating of the late 1960’s and early 1970. However, until recently it relied heavily on scarce sets of measurements, usually single sample dates for an entire site. The scientific advances of the late 20th century have made absolute dating methods more accessible to archaeologists in the region. Combined with advances in statistical methods and the wider availability of computing, these developments have sparked a whole new array of work and publications providing better, indepth insights into this exceptionally important  region and period of human prehistory.

We invite you to attend our online conference with presentations on the current state of research encompassing new data and conclusions on the chronologies of the Neolithic of Southeast Europe.

To join, please follow the zoom link provided bellow on June 10th, 10.00AM Belgrade time (9.00AM GMT).


Conference program


Relatively Absolute. Absolute and Relative Chronologies of the Neolithic Period in Southeast Europe is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Time: Jun 10, 2022 10:00 AM Belgrade, Bratislava, Ljubljana

Meeting ID: 926 5008 7467

Attendees will have to be approved by the Conference administrator, and are advised to keep their microphone muted for the duration of presentations so as not to interfere with presenters. Please try to join before the onset of the conference, or during planned brakes to be included. Discussion will be possible between individual blocks of presentations.



The online conference is funded by the Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia, PROMIS grant #6062361, project Regional Absolute Chronologies Of the  Late Neolithic in Serbia.




10:00     Conference opening


10:20     Alasdair Whittle - Refining chronologies and narratives for the Neolithic of south-east Europe: a personal account.


10:40     Zoï Tsirtsoni - Chronological framing of the evolutions in prehistoric Aegean and the Balkans: on the way to a consensus?


11:00     Agathe Reingruber - Neolithic impressed decorations on pottery: their relative and absolute chronological positions in Thessaly and Western Macedonia, Greece.


11:20     Goce Naumov - Absolute Beginners: calibrated dating of the first farmers in Pelagonia.


11:40     Discussion


12:00     Ljubo Fidanoski – New Dates from the Early/Middle Neolithic Site Cerje-Govrlevo.


12:20     Lennart Brandtstätter - 14C-Chronology of multi-layered Neolithic sites in the Thracian Plain.


12:40     Selena Vitezović, Nemanja Marković, Jelena Bulatović, Velibor Katić, Miroslav Marić - Bone industry from the Late Neolithic site of Jablanica (Serbia). A Chronological Comparison.


13:00     Miroslav Marić, Jelena Bulatović, Nemanja Marković, Ivana Pantović – Late Neolithic chronology in the contact zone between the south edge of the Carpathian Mountains and the Pannonian plain. The case study of Vršac region.


13:20     Discussion and Break


14:20     Dragoș Diaconescu - The Late Vinča Culture (phases C and D) in the Middle Danube Region. A Correspondence Analysis perspective on chronology and regional evolution.


14:40     Krisztián Oross, János Jakucs and Tibor Marton - Recent developments and current objectives in the research on the absolute chronology of 6th millennium cal BC western Hungary.


15:00     Zsuzsanna Siklósi, Péter Csippán, András  Füzesi, Pal Raczky – Spatial and chronological modelling of Polgár-Csőszhalom, Late Neolithic complex site in Northeast-Hungary


15:20     Katarina Botić, Marcel Burić - North Croatian Late Neolithic relative and absolute chronologies: current state of research.


15:40     Robert Hofmann, Mila Shatilo - Synchronities and asynchronies in the development of human societies in South-Eastern Europe during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic Periods.


16:00     Discussion and Conference end