PROJECTS  



FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE LATVIAN COUNCIL OF SCIENCE



 
 Project "Towards a new prehistory of Latvia: tracing long-term change from habitations and burials"
276/2012
Project leader: A. Vasks





JOINT PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE LATVIAN COUNCIL OF SCIENCE



 
 Joint project: "Virtual Encyclopaedia of the Humanities: People, Sources and Terms"
10.0007
Project leader: V.Hausmanis (Institute of Literature, Folkore and Art of the University of Latvia)


Sub-Project at the Institute of Latvian History "Database of Terms and People in Latvian History"

Sub-Project leader G.Zariņa
 





PROJECTS IN THE STATE RESEARCH PROGRAMME: "LETONICA"





INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS



 
 "ARCHAEOLOGY, AUTHORITY & COMMUNITY: cooperation to protect archaeological heritage" (AAC), project in the framework of the Estonia-Latvia-Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme within the European Neighborhood and Partnership instrument 2007-2013

A new archaeology and heritage protection project "ARCHAEOLOGY, AUTHORITY & COMMUNITY: cooperation to protect archaeological heritage" (AAC) started on 1 May 2012 in the framework of the Estonia-Latvia-Russia Cross Border Cooperation Programme within the European Neighborhood and Partnership instrument 2007-2013. The project, with a total budget of 1,714,515 euros or 1,204,968.46 lats (LVL) (programme co-financing: 1,520,731.16 EUR (88.7 %) or 1,068,775.94 LVL and partners cofinancing  193,784.50 EUR (11,3%) or 136,192.52 LVL.), will last until the end of 2014. The project involves 9 organizations from 3 countries – Latvia, Estonia and Russia.
Programme website:  http://www.estlatrus.eu
Project website: http://www.aac-project.eu

Project newsletter 4, December 2014
Project newsletter 3, February 2014
Project newsletter 2, February 2013
Project newsletter 1, August 2012


 
 Joint project between the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia "Values ​ ​and Identities: Cultural Heritage as a Resource for Construction of Identities" (2012-2014)
Project leaders: M.Santova (Institute of Folklore of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), A.Jansone (Institute of Latvian History)
Participants from Latvia: Dr. hist. A.Jansone, Prof. Dr. Hist. I.Saleniece,  Dr. hist I.Boldāne-Zeļenkova,  Dr hist. A.Karlsone,  Dr. hist. h.c. L.Vanaga, Mag. philol. L.Reinvalde,  Dr. philol. G.Pakalns, Assitant A.Pūtelis.

Electronic publication:
Pētījumi par nemateriālo kultūras mantojumu (Bulgārija - Latvija) / Studies of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Bulgaria - Latvia). [Rīga:] LU Latvijas vēstures institūts, 2013 - 179 lpp. (available at: http://www.lvi.lv/lv/elektropubl_files/Nematerialais_kulturas_mantojums_Intangible_Cultural_Heritage_2013.pdf)

 
 Norway Grants project NFI/R/2014/062, "Technology transfer in the processing of mineral resources in earlier times"


The project is co-financed by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Programme LV05 ‘Research and Scholarships’.

Project total costs:  € 480850.00

Implementation period: 1 June 2015 - 30 April 2017

Project promoter: University of Latvia (project implemented at the Faculty of History and Philosophy)
Partner 1: Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia
Partner 2: Oslo University Museum of Cultural History

Principal investigator: Valdis Bērziņš (Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia)

The project focusses on the technologies used for the processing of mineral resources important in prehistory and in historical times, giving particular attention to questions relating to the transfer of technology between different societies and cultures.

A crucial raw material for tool-making was flint, and so special methods for working this material developed over the millennia. The production of iron from bog ore began in present-day Latvia in the first centuries AD and continued in later periods, developing on a large scale during the time of the Duchy of Courland.

With the participation of Norwegian specialists, flint-working in the Stone Age and the development of iron production technologies in present-day Latvia from the period up to the early modern period is examined from the perspective of technology transfer. Technical analysis is undertaken on flint tools; archaeological excavation takes place at the site of an ironworks; an ancient iron smelting furnace is reconstructed; the results of the study are brought together in international scholarly publications.

The project will contribute to the general understanding of technologies and their development in Northern Europe in the pre-industrial age.

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