The idea of creating an archaeological map of Serbia and its structure and an archaeological map of Vojvodina, ran until the mid nineties under the auspices of The SANU (Serbian Academy of Arts and Science). Unfortunately, this project did not spawn any concrete results, and Serbia remains without an archaeological map. Inspired by the lack of a complete picture of any archaeological phenomena or epochs, and in order to better protect archaeological sites, the Museum of Vojvodina and The Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Novi Sad decided to make a new contribution to the archaeological topography of Serbia, in Vojvodina.
The project of systematic archaeological reconnaissance of northern Banat was started in 2004 by The Museum of Vojvodina and The Provincial Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments. Experts from these institutions were joined by colleagues from the National Museum in Pancevo, The Philosophy Faculty and The Archaeological Institute in Belgrade.
Actual field work began in the municipality of Novi Knezevac (consisting of 5 cadastral municipalities and 9 settlements- Đala, Krstur, Majdan, Rabe, Knezevac, Filić, Banat Aranđelovo, Siget and Podlokanj) where 314 archaeological sites from different eras were identified and recorded. So far, apart from this municipality, field work has covered the municipality of Coka with 257 identified archaeological sites. Work has now begun in the area of Kikinda. The very fact of the number of sites identified in the territory, which was previously ten times lower, speaks of the very thorough approach to the work and the need for its further implementation to complement our highly impoverished knowledge of certain eras and archaeological appearance and thus create a basis for their proper interpretation.
All results will be published as a monograph series "Archaeological Topography of Banat." The "Archaeological Topography of Novi Knezevac.", the first in the series, was released in 2012.