Field trip 1. Baranja & Srijem (Eastern Croatia), - Archaeology, Clay minerals in loess-paleosol sections, Kopački rit Nature Park and a wine road.
Field-trip coordinators: Anita Grizelj, Lara Wacha and Vedran Rubinić
2 Days Excursion (16 and 17 September 2018) - Price 180/190 €
Min. 15, max. 45 participants. Included in the fee are the transfer, beverages, lunch packets, tickets for Kopački rit Natural Park and Vučedol Culture Museum, guest house or hotel with breakfast in Baranja, dinner and an excursion guide. Due to the limited number of rooms, excursion participants will likely have to share double rooms.
Baranja and Srijem regions are situated in the eastern part of Croatia, about 300 km from Zagreb on the boundaries with Hungary and Srbija. The boundaries of the geographic region of Baranja are the Danube in the east and the Drava in the southwest, while Srijem lies between the Danube and Sava rivers. These regions provide visitors a touch of nature beauty and enogastronomic pleasure.
- Vučedol Culture Museum. The archaeological site Vučedol is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe and the eponymous site for a cultural phenomenon that was at the time of the Eneolithic, in the third millennium BC, as wide as the area of today’s twelve European countries (link).
- The Zmajevac loess-paleosol section is located near the village of Zmajevac (Baranja). The about 30 m thick section consists of six loess horizons, five paleosols and laminated alluvial sediment. It represents a detailed Penultimate and Last Glacial sedimentary record.
- Visit to the Asztalos pottery workshop in the village of Suza.
- Wine road of Baranja. People have been relishing the taste of various wine sorts from Baranja region for centuries. The soils which were formed on loess – paleosol sequences are ideal for growing of wine grapes. The wine cellars that were dug into the loess section that follow the southern Danube from Érd in Hungary to Osijek are unique in Europe. Those wine cellars still provide ideal temperatures for storing wine.
- Kopački rit Nature Park. It is situated in the central part of the Danube floodplain, between two important European rivers, the Drava and the Danube. It became a protected area in 1967 due to its values as a rare ecosystem, its rich biodiversity and important ecological values. The whole surface of the Park lies on 23.891 ha of which 7.143 ha are under higher protection being a Special Zoological Reserve. In 2012, the Park was declared as part of the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve under UNESCO. The main ecological significance of Kopački rit is comprised by flood dynamics, therefore, the Park is always different. The tame natural resources of this area enable you to discover the rich fauna, from small birds to large wild animals, like deer (link).