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Transformed Prague suburb comes under the spotlight at Prague exhibition

06-01-2011 14:04 | Chris Johnstone

Libeň, photo: Prague’s Municipal Museum A lesser known quarter of Prague, somewhat off the tourist beaten track is under the spotlight at Prague’s main municipal museum. The area is Libeň which was transformed from a downriver district of fields, farms and vineyards by the industrial revolution and largely made over again from the middle of the 20th century.  More

Explosives experts unearth huge stash of WWII ammunition

02-12-2010 16:00 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK A stretch of forestland in South Bohemia has been closed to the public after a hunter stumbled across a stash of WWII ammunition there a week ago. The original find of a single grenade led to the discovery of what is now believed to be over 3 tons of ammunition buried underground.  More

Real work starts now, says scientist after examining remains of 16th century astronomer Tycho Brahe

19-11-2010 15:45 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Danish and Czech researchers have just completed the first part of a project that should throw more light on the death of the 16th century astronomer Tycho Brahe. Legend has it the Dane died of a burst bladder, though tests of his hair indicated possible mercury poisoning. The scientists this week took fresh samples from Brahe’s remains, before returning them to his tomb at the Týn Church in Prague. Just prior to the reinterment, Radio Prague spoke to the head of the team, Jens Vellev.  More

Archaeologists open Prague tomb of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe

15-11-2010 16:21 | Jan Richter

Photo: Barbora Kmentová Danish and Czech archaeologists have been working to open the tomb of the 16th century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, who spent the last years of his life in Prague and is buried in a church in the city’s Old Town. The experts plan to analyze his remains to see if they can throw more light on his mysterious death.  More

Ancient site yields signs of cooperation between Roman army and Germanic tribe

27-10-2010 16:12 | Christian Falvey

Photo: CTK The Region of South Moravia is notably rich in archaeological sites, having been home to Celtic, Germanic and other tribes before the coming of the Slavs. One of the places that has been yielding more information about those peoples is the area around Pasohlávky, on the Dyje River. Archaeologists have spent years there studying the remains of a military camp built by Roman invaders in what was then the domain of the Germanic Marcomanni. This week, the scientific team working at the site announced the discovery of a wealth of objects that cast more light on a shadowy period.  More

Science Journal

29-08-2010 02:01 | Christian Falvey

There’s a hole in the middle of Prague, and we want you to know what’s in it. The early 1980s metro station at Národní třída is the scene of a fascinating archaeological dig that we’ll be visiting in this month’s Science Journal.   More

Find proves main Czech pilgrimage site Velehrad was settled at time of Great Moravian Empire, say archaeologists

22-07-2010 13:54 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: CTK Archaeologists have just discovered what they say is the first evidence that the Czech Republic’s most important pilgrimage site was inhabited during the era of the Great Moravian Empire; pieces of ceramic material found during a dig at Velehrad are being seen as proof that it was indeed settled in the 9th century.   More

Czech archaeologists uncover Stone Age tools in Arbil, Iraq

17-03-2010 13:45 | Jan Velinger

Czech archaeologists are best-known for their work in Egypt, spanning five decades, but some specialists have begun making headlines for excavation work in a different part of the world: Mesopotamia – the cradle of ancient civilisation that is now present-day Iraq. Recently an eight-member team headed by Karel Nováček of the University of West Bohemia, returned from northern Iraq after having uncovered Stone Age tools that were used by either our ancestors or our distant relatives (Homo neanderthalensis). The tools date back some 150,000 years, to the Middle Palaeolithic, the oldest find of its kind in the city of Arbil in Kurdistan.   More

Danish expert: Analysis of Tycho Brahe’s remains could provide interesting clues to Denmark’s history

22-02-2010 14:18 | Jan Richter

Tycho Brahe Czech authorities recently granted permission to experts from Denmark’s Aarhus University to explore the grave of astronomer Tycho Brahe. The famous Danish-born scholar died in Prague in 1601 under suspicious circumstances. Peter Andersen, who has a theory linking Danish king Christian to the astronomer’s death, says research should be done in Denmark as well, and that the consequences could be far reaching.   More

Discovery of Rosenberg tomb upends legend

04-12-2009 16:28 | Christian Falvey

The Church Ascension of the Virgin Mary in Vyšší Brod, photo: www.czechtourism.com The House of Rosenberg was one of the most powerful noble families in Czech history. They were the de facto rulers of Bohemia for much of the Middle Ages, but their dynasty came to an end with the death of the celebrated Petr Vok, in 1611. Now, archaeologists in South Bohemia, where the family had its seat, have come across their family tomb, and in doing so have set straight a well-known legend that surrounds them.   More

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