The Venus of Dolní Věstonice, a ceramic sculpture of a female figure believed to be 29,000 years old and considered one of the oldest artefacts of its kind in the world, left its secret hiding place at the Moravian Museum on Wednesday to undergo a detailed scan under a special 3D microscope. Scientists hope that it will provide them with more information about how the statuette was made.
The Venus of DolníVěstonice, one of the most valuable archaeological objects ever found on Czech territory, was transported on Wednesday under strict security measures from the Moravian Museum in Brno to a laboratory at the FEI technological Institute in Brno. Archaeologists want to conduct further research of the figurine to have a better idea of how it was created. The ceramic figurine, believed to be 29,000 years old, was discovered in Dolní Věstonice in 1925 and is considered one of the oldest artefacts of its kind in the world.
Czech Archaeologists have described as the find of a lifetime a 3,000 year old bronze bowl which was discovered in a field outside Prague. The discovery has been kept secret for around a year until the reward of 92,000 crowns to the finder was settled. News of the find was made public by Czech Radio. The public will have to wait until the two handled amphora undergoes substantial restoration work in Germany before it goes on show.
Two German treasure hunters have claimed that the world famous amber chamber looted by Nazi forces from St. Petersburg during the Second World War is hidden in the cellars of a Czech castle. The claim has been made by Germans Erich Stenz and Georg Mederer that the treasure is hidden at Frýdlant castle in northern Bohemia. They say a now dead witness recounted how lorries brought the treasure there towards the end of the war. The treasure hunters complain their attempts to pursue research at the site has been blocked by the Czech National Heritage Institute and the Czech government. The amber room was a gift to Tsar Peter the Great by the then ruler of Prussia at the start of the 18th century.
On Monday, officials announced that Czech archaeologists had made a remarkable discovery at Abusir, near Cairo, unearthing parts of a wooden boat more than 4,000 years old. Its location near the tomb of a prominent noble is a unique find. Such vessels, used by the spirit of the deceased to navigate the underworld, were usually reserved for members of the royal family.
Historians at the East Bohemian Museum in Pardubice have acquired what they describe as “the find of the century”. The treasure, consisting of hundreds of silver coins from the turn of the 10th and 11th centuries was discovered by chance in the autumn of last year. The coins are now the subject of detailed analysis before going on public display.
Historians from the East Bohemian Museum in Pardubice on Wednesday presented a unique treasure consisting of silver coins from the turn of the 10th and 11th centuries that was discovered by archaeologists last autumn. The treasure, which has become part of the museum collections, contains more than 400 coins and over 300 coin fragments. According to the historian Petr Vorel, somebody hid them during the rule of Boleslaus II or Boleslaus III. The coins will now be now thoroughly analysed before going on display in autumn this year.
The value of bank notes and coins in circulation in the Czech Republic has for the first time exceeded the 500 billion crown mark, the Czech National Bank announced on Monday. The total is made up of of more than 2 billion individual notes and coins in circulation, the most popular being the 1,000 crown note and, at the other end of the value chain, the one crown piece.