No. XXXV (2004)

Historical Picture of Development of Early Iron Age in the Serbian Danube Basin

Nikola Tasić
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Published 01.12.2004


  • Early iron age,
  • Danubian Serbia,
  • central Balkans,
  • Central Europe

How to Cite

Tasić, N. (2004). Historical Picture of Development of Early Iron Age in the Serbian Danube Basin. Balcanica - Annual of the Institute for Balkan Studies, (XXXV), 7–22.


The paper offers a historical survey of the development of Early Iron Age cultures in Danubian Serbia, its characteristics, relations with contemporary cultures of the Pannonian Plain, the Balkans, Carpathian Romania (Transylvania) and the Romanian Banat. It describes the genesis of individual cultures, their styles, typological features and interrelationships. Danubian Serbia is seen as a contact zone reflecting influences of the Central European Urnenfelder culture on the one hand, and those of the Gornea-Kalakača and the Bosut-Basarabi complex on the other. The latter’s penetration into the central Balkans south of the Sava and Danube rivers has been registered in the Morava valley, eastern Serbia, north-western Bulgaria and as far south as northern Macedonia. The terminal Early Iron Age is marked by the occurrence of Scythian finds in the southern Banat, Bačka or around the confluence of the Sava and the Danube (e.g. Ritopek), and by representative finds of the Srem group in Srem and around the confluence of the Tisa and Danube rivers. The powerful penetration of Celtic tribes from Central Europe into the southern Pannonian Plain marked the end of the Early Iron Age.


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