What, apart from blue blood, do Wenceslaus I, Přemysl Otakar II, John of Luxembourg and Charles IV, the first king of Bohemia to become Holy Roman Emperor, have in common? Their royal corpses were eviscerated via an abdominal incision, their body cavities filled with herbs, and then placed in a tank filled with resin and a mixture of potassium chloride and sulphate of potash. Until the practice was forbidden in the Czech lands in the late 18th century, a surprising number of bodies of socially and politically prominent were anthropogenically mummified
Archaeologists have discovered that the largest part of the former WWII
internment camp for Romanies in Lety was located on the premises of the pig
farm, which was built at the site under the Communist regime. Head of the
archaeological team, Pavel Vařeka, unveiled the recent findings at a press
conference on Thursday.
According to him, the ruins of the camp were still visible in the 1970s, when the pig farm was built at the site. After years of negotiations, the government in 2017 agreed to buy out the farm and turn the place into a memorial to the victims of the Romani Holocaust, which is to open by 2023.
More than 300 Roma men, women and children died at the site during WWII.
Archaeologists, excavating the site of the former WWII internment camp for Roma in Lety, have found some of the victims’ graves. Those who took part in the project say that the discovery is not only the first time that graves of Roma people persecuted by the Nazis have been found in Europe, but also undisputable proof of what happened in the camp.
A unique grave of a second century warlord has been found in the south-east
Moravian town of Uherský Brod. Aside from human remains, the grave’s
contents include bronze crockery and a knife. It is the first discovery of
this kind from the Roman period in the region, the Czech News Agency
According to the head of the Archaeology Department at the Museum of Moravian Slovakia Tomáš Chrástek the grave was found by chance when, during the construction of a rainwater sewer, a digger operator noticed his bucket had become stuck on something. Archaeologists from the museum then identified the object as a bronze pan from the Roman period.
According to Mr. Chrástek the body belongs to an influential warlord, who possibly ruled over the wider region. The archaeologist notes that the objects with which the skeleton is buried were imports made on the territory of the Roman Empire.
Czech archaeologists have discovered the remains of a medieval forest near
the village of Koječín in the region of Havlíčkův Brod in eastern
The largely pine tree forest was felled in the mid-13th century to give way to silver mining and the uncovered trunks bear visible marks from saws, axes and burning.
According to Petr Hrubý of the Archaeology Institute of Masaryk University in Brno, which carried out the research, very few such discoveries were made in Central Europe.
Since the discovery of a Byzantine-era church in Israel’s Ashdod-Yam, archaeologists have had a better opportunity to study the Eastern Roman Empire’s sixth century footprint in Palestine. Among them is a Czech archaeologist, who helped find evidence this summer that the building may not be of Georgian origin as originally thought.
Archaeologists have discovered a 7,000-year-old trading station uncovered
in the course of extending the D11 motorway north of Hradec Králové,
Research is now focusing on an area just outside the town of Jaroměř, where pottery and stone tools from around 5,000 BC were earlier discovered, the news agency ČTK reports.
The D11 construction from Hradec Králové to Jaroměř will stretch for 25 kilometres and is 60 metres wide.
Other notable findings made along the route include Bronze Age houses and burial grounds and the remains of 18th century field fortifications.
Czech archaeologists are using plain white sugar to preserve what may be the oldest wooden structure ever discovered in Europe – a water well made of oak trees felled some 7,000 years ago. The well was unearthed earlier this year during the construction of the D35 highway as an isolated find, bearing marks of construction techniques used in the Bronze and Iron ages.
The interdisciplinary study of archaeology and genetics can bring about many new discoveries, some of which have helped shed new light on periods previously clouded in myth. One of these is a more precise understanding of the ancestors that make up today’s Czech population, which is apparently more pre-historic than Slav.