Dr. Damjan Donev




Room No: 413 (Faculty of Architecture New Building)









Research Interests:

Ceramic surveys and landscape archaeology, urban systems, GIS, archaeological theory




2001    Davis and Elkins College, Elkins WV, Contract Degree Program (BA degree in Cultural Studies)

2004    M.A. degree from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, at the Department of Archaeology and Art History; thesis title: St. Erasmus (Lychnid) and St. Thecla (Seleukia): A study of two Early Christian Sanctuaries.

2014    A doctoral degree from the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, the Netherlands; thesis title: “Rural landscapes along the Vardar Valley”.

2018    A second doctoral degree from the Institute for Humanities, department of Ancient History, Leiden University; thesis title: “The urban systems of the Balkan and Danube provinces (2nd - 3rd c. AD)”.)



Research Projects:

2018    Intensive ceramic survey and 3-d scanning of the rock-cut phenomena at a multi-period site in the Kriva Valley, northeast Macedonia. A project led by Damjan Donev, Institute for Archaeological Research-Skopje

2013-2017 ERC-funded project, Empire of 2000 cities: Economic Integration and Urban Networks in the High Roman Empire, hosted by Leiden University and headed by Prof. Luuk de Ligt


Taught Courses:


SA 505 Geoarchaeology

This course discusses paleo-morphological and geological processes as applied to settlement archaeology. The main topics of the course include environmental systems, natural formation processes, spatial context of the sites in their physical settings, human impact on the landscape, paleo-environmental reconstructions.


SA 514 GIS Applications in Archaeology

The aim of this course is to acquaint students with the great potential offered by GIS for the investigation of spatial relationship in archaeological data. The course consists of two parts: In part I, basic concepts and characteristics of GIS are discussed. Basic features of GIS, such as  Digital Terrain Models, which have direct relevance to archaeology are stressed.

Part II deals with archaeological applications of GIS. Using case studies the potentials of GIS as a research tool will be discussed, e.g. site catchment analysis and archaeological site inventory systems. Students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the use of GIS using archaeological data which is available at the data bank of the METU museum.



- Macedonian Heritage, 22, 2004: “The basic theoretical approaches in Archaeology”.

- Macedonian Heritage, 26, 2005: “Some preliminary observations on the northern “frontier” of Ancient Macedon on the territory of modern Macedonia”.

- Bulletin of the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Bilkent University, 2005: “St. Erasmus and St. Thecla: A study of two Early Christian Cultic centers: A summary and review of some questions”.

- Macedonian Heritage, 2007: “Several unpublished/unknown hill-forts along the mid-Vardar Valley, and on the problem of the hill-fort as a settlement form I.”

- Macedonian Heritage, 2008: “Several unpublished/unknown hill-forts along the mid-Vardar Valley, and on the problem of the hill-fort as a settlement form II.”

- Macedonian Heritage, 2008: “Several unpublished/unknown hill-forts along the mid-Vardar Valley, and on the problem of the hill-fort as a settlement form III.”

- Skopje between Antiquity and Modern time. Proceedings of the international symposium Days of Justinian I, Skopje 2009: “Test-pit probing on the fort Markovi Kuli, Vodno.”

- Haemus 1, 2012, 217-229: “Campus Argestaeus: a landscape frozen in time.”

Macedonian Heritage 2013: “Intensive survey and GIS: three case studies from the Middle Vardar.”

- Haemus 2, 2013, 89-111: “Campus Argestaeus: the chronology, extent and organization of settlement in the survey area.”

- Macedonia and the Balkans in the Byzantine Commonwealth. Proceedings of the International Symposium Days of Justinian I, Skopje 2014, 125-140: “A few examples of Late Antique open settlements from the Middle Vardar valley.”

- Rural Landscapes along the Vardar Valley: two site-less surveys near Veles and Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia, BAR: Oxford, 2015.

- Samuel’s state and Byzantium: History, legend, tradition, heritage. The proceedings of the second International Symposium Days of Justinian I, Skopje 2015, 219-229: “An example of a Medieval rural settlement from Mt. Skopska Crna Gora.”

- Byzantium and the Heritage of Europe: Connecting the cultures. The proceedings of the third international symposium Days of Justinian I, Skopje 2016, 122-132: “The patterns of settlement in the Skopje Basin under the High Empire: the high-ranking settlements.”

- Proceedings of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Rome 2016, 79-94: “Were there large villages in the Balkan and Danube provinces under the High Empire?”

- Patrimonium 10, 2017, 73-90: “Kostoperska Karpa: New Results from an Integrated Intensive Field and Remote Sensing Survey”; co-authored with Dejan Georgievski, Ine Jacobs, Dragana Mladenović, Ben Russel and Kristian Strutt.

- Patrimonium 11, 2018, 51-78: “Argos on the Vardar: the first contribution of a ceramic survey.”

- Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology 2018, in print: “Aspects of Roman Urbanization in the Hellenistic Balkans.”

- Regional urbanism in the High Empire, Leiden-Brill, edited by Luuk de Ligt and John Bintliff forthcoming: “Urbanization and population density: the case of the “small municipia” of the Balkan and Danube provinces.”

- The Busy Periphery: Urban Systems of the Balkan and Danube Provinces (2nd-3rd c. AD), forthcoming, Archaeopress.

- Proceedings of the 24th congress on Roman Frontier Studies, forthcoming: “Patterns of urban settlement on and behind the Danube Limes – a geographical perspective.”

- Arheološki Vestnik in preparation: “Poetovio: a gateway community in Roman Pannonia.”