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
Archaeologists say they have found valuable evidence at excavations at a site at Pasohlávky in southern Moravia. The findings include amber, a clasp, tinder-box and many other iron objects from a camp of the Germanic Marcomanni tribe. It is clear from the finds that this was one of the biggest settlements of the tribe in Moravia and was based on trade with the Roman 10th legion during the 2nd century AD. The legion was sited at Pasohlávky to protect amber deliveries to Rome from the Baltic.
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.
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.
Archaeologists have discovered the Bronze Age tomb of a woman and a child near the Moravian town of Hulín. Near the tomb, and what was once a road, were several pits for food storage, decorated ceramics, animal bones and plaster wall fragments. The archaeologists said the burial was set according to the common ritual practices of the time, with both figures crouched face to face and the child in the woman’s arms, however it was unusual that they were interred in what was obviously a residential area. The animal bones will help researchers understand the eating and breeding customs of the early inhabitants of Moravia; in addition to cow, pig and goat bones they also found a large number of remains of river shellfish.
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,
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.
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