Two Czechs have been arrested on the Greek island of Crete for using metal detectors illegally at the site of an archaeological dig. Local media said the two were charged with the violation of regulations on the protection of cultural heritage after entering a highly restricted area. Both men were released on bail on Tuesday and efforts are being made to secure their return to the Czech Republic, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The Czechs, aged 33 and 35, were arrested in the Chania area on July 21.
Remains of five people from the 10th century, who are believed to be the last members of the Premyslid dynasty, will be buried at Prague Castle on Friday. The remains were discovered under the ruins of the Church of Virgin Mary, the oldest Christian church at Prague Castle. The origin of the five people, three adults and two children, could not be confirmed, but archaeologists believe that they were members of the ruling family. The remains will be interred at the site of the Church of Virgin Mary and at St George’s Basilica.
The general director of the Czech National Museum has just signed an agreement committing the institution to helping Syria save, preserve and conserve much of its cultural and historical heritage damaged by six years of war. At the Prague signing, Michal Lukeš and his Syrian counterpart were on hand to describe the task they face.
Archaeologists from the Palacký University in Olomouc have discovered a unique Neolithic well in Moravia. The discovery, dating back to the Early Stone Age, sheds new light on the early settlement in the region. Experts say the finding is pretty rare, since the Neolithic people still used mainly surface water resources.
A gold ten ducat coin minted in Czechoslovakia in 1937 featuring the patron saint of Bohemia, Saint Wenceslas, has been bought in auction for a record 550,000 euros (the equivalent of around 14.7 million crowns). Only 34 of the coins were ever produced and not all survived to today. The seller had originally bought the coin in auction in Switzerland for 900,000 crowns, a representative for the auction house said. The authenticity of the coin was verified in comparison to two owned by the Czech National Bank. The ducat is the only one in the series that was ever publically auctioned.
The discovery of the remains of a Neolithic settlement on Czech soil in 2001 led to years of painstaking research. Now the results of more than 15 years of study have appeared in a surprising format – a comic book called A day in the life of a Neolithic woman. The book, which is intended primarily for schoolchildren and educators, is the work of archeologist Veronika Mikešová and illustrator Michal Puhač who merged facts and fantasy to bring us a glimpse of life in this part of the world 7,000 years ago. I spoke to the illustrator about what the
Pavel Nedvěd, former Czech national football team captain and the best footballer of his generation, has appeared on a special set of coins, celebrating Czech football legends. Issued by the Czech Mint in Jablonec nad Nisou, the series already features 10 legendary Czech and Czechoslovak footballers, including Antonín Panenka and Josef Masopust. Part of the proceeds from their sale is used to support retired football internationals.