The Százhalombatta Archaeological Excavation

The Százhalombatta Archaeological Excavation (SAX) project is an international co-operation led by Dr Magdolna Vicze, (Director of the Matrica Museum, Százhalombatta), together with Dr Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (University of Cambridge) and Dr Joanna Sofaer (University of Southampton).

The site of Százhalombatta is a Bronze Age fortified tell settlement on the right bank of the river Danube 30km south of Budapest. It is one of the largest and best preserved Bronze Age temper- ate tell settlements in central Europe with deposits of cultural material up to 6m deep. These date from the end of the Early Bronze Age (Nagyrév phase) ca.2300BC to the end of the Middle Bronze Age (Koszider phase) ca.1500/1400BC. Late Bronze Age and Iron Age archaeology is also found on the site.

The tell has been the subject of three excavation campaigns: 1963, 1989–1993, and 1998–present. It is therefore one of the best-known temperate tell settlements in Europe. On-going work at the site continues to produce new data. Excavation is focusing on domestic contexts, revealing a detailed picture of life at the site.