Research of the use of lacustrian material in northern Bačka and Banat, as part of IPA project CULT-NAT HERIT

Research of the uses of lacustrian material carried out in the border municipalities of  northern Vojvodina, between the Danube and Tisza rivers, was conducted as the interstate border cooperation project between the Republic of Serbia and Hungary IPA HUSRB/1203/2.1.2./117, CULT-NAT HERIT under the name "Discovering shared cultural and natural heritage in the border region of Hungary-Serbia''.
The project included National park Kiskunság, as project partner No. 1, University of Szeged, and Kalocsa Museum from the Hungarian side, and Novi Bečej Municipality, who included several specialized institutions and organizations for certain phases of the project, from the Serbian side as project partner No. 2.  
The part of the project related to research of the use of lacustrian material, named "Exploring the usage of lacustrian material in the north Banat and Backa regions" was conducted by a team from The Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments in Petrovaradin, from June - October 2013, on behalf of the Serbian partners, the Municipality of Novi Bečej.
The team from The Provincial Institute formed for the purposes of this research project CULT-NAT HERIT are architects Dr. Dubravka Đukanović, Sava Stražmešterov and Ljiljana Ćirić and photographer Nedeljko Marković.
The research is based on the methodology defined by the Hungarian partner and includes preliminary research work for the main database, serving as the basis for further research and conclusions. The largest part of this work was a field study of the entire territory of the northern municipalities of Backa and Banat along the Serbian-Hungarian border. The presence of lacustrian material in this area was studied.  This included potential sources of this material and its usage in the construction of all types of buildings, from  preserved medieval structures in the form of archaeological remains to small and large, secular and ecclastical buildings built up to the early 20th century.
During the fieldwork, special emphasis was placed on contact with the local population and direct conversation with them about the studied subject, after which data was collected and systematized. Parallel with the field work, studies of available archival and other materials, reference literature and published results of previous studies were also carried out. Systematization of the data collected from different parts of this research project and the formation of a primary database on the presence of lacustrian limestone in the northern, border area of Vojvodina was defined as the final goal of the research. The results of this study will be of further use in the CULT-NAT HERIT project as a basis for the development of information web sites and tourist tours in the area. It will also have use as a basis for further professional and scientific research of lacustrian material, a relatively rare building materials whose formation is tied to specific geographical and geological conditions.