Archaeologists have uncovered a prehistoric wooden structure at the hill of Vladař near Karlovy Vary that they believe may be more than 2,000 years old. The structure was apparently part of a water reservoir that served a fortified settlement at the top of the 700m hill. Tests have found that the oak from which the structures’ beams were hewn was cut sometime after the year 463 BCE. The beams are to be preserved at the Museum of Archaeology and History in Lausanne, Switzerland, as the Czech Republic lacks an adequately equipped laboratory, and will be brought home to be exhibited a year later. Archaeologists involved in the work called it a discovery of Europe-wide, if not global, importance.
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