Réka Balázs and Rozália Kustár
Mounds in the Drifting of Centuries
Mounds, Hills, Fortresses in the Danube-Tisza Interﬂuve
Te Danube-Tisza Interﬂuve preserves several natural and cultural values. It is a diverse lowland habitat with many diﬀerent features, dotted with the former ﬂoodplains, marshes, swamps, sand dunes blown by the wind and with saline plains and lakes. In the past few thousand years the dimensions of natural habitats, cultivated areas under arable farming and human settlements have signifcantly transformed and changed in space and time.
When we started to survey the forts, mounds in this region, their diversity was the most conspicuous for us. Tey are such parts of the landscape that in some places can hardly be noticed even by the specialist, elsewhere they markedly stand out of the surface, yet they preserve lots of secrets of human history and land development. Generally, they are the outstanding examples of the cooperation between man and nature, based on traditional and nature friendly agriculture, and therefore, it immediately becomes obvious how little we know about them. We do feel the importance of their preservation in our accelerated world but as the novice who is trying to dance the frst time, we are only milling around, trying to fnd the right direction and rhythm…