With the global pandemic impacting everyone around the world, the Prehistoric Interactions on the Plain Project's website has gone a bit quiet, but that doesn’t mean the work has stopped! In fact, there are several announcements that we would like to share with you. First and foremost, PIPP Director, Dr. Danielle Riebe, and Ceramic Specialist, Dr. Attila Gyucha, are now part of the Anthropology Department at the University of Georgia. While a 2021 field season was impossible, we are hopeful that we will be able to have a 2022 season and bring students from UGA and other institutions into the field. In the meantime, our Hungarian colleagues (János Dani, Máté Stibranyi, Gábor Mesterházy, and Mihály Pethe) have continued to make progress on the magnetometry survey at Csökmő and they are planning one more excursion later this fall after the harvest. The mag results are looking extremely promising and will be used to guide future work at the site.
In addition to the exciting field work, Dr. Danielle Riebe has published her first solo-authored book! Based on her doctoral thesis, Redefining Archaeological Cultures, models interactions and prehistoric socio-cultural boundaries between the Late Neolithic Herpály and Tisza archaeological cultures on the Great Hungarian Plain. As part of the “Prehistoric Research in the Körös Region” series edited by Attila Gyucha and Bill Parkinson, the book was published by Archaeolingua Publishing House with funding from the Nemzeti Kulturális Alap (National Cultural Fund of Hungary). The book might not hit the New York Times Best Seller list (though it should!), but it nicely synthesizes prehistoric research to date in southeastern Hungary and the successful international collaborations in the region. A link to order the book will be coming soon, but for now it is featured in the Summer 2021 issue of Hungarian Archaeology.
With more research and news coming soon, stay tuned to see what else PIPP is up to!
-D. J. Riebe