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.
Events are being held in the Czech Republic on Saturday to mark the annual International Archaeology Day. Lectures, guided tours, exhibitions and workshops are taking place. People can for instance try elements of an archaeological dig for themselves at a Charles University building on Prague’s Celetná St., while the Náprstek Museum will present the results of Czech digs abroad. Last year around 3,000 people of all ages turned out for a similar programme.
Archaeologists have discovered a fragment of mammoth tusk in Olomouc. Vlastimil Staněk from the city’s branch of the national landmarks authority said the discovery had been made on a dig at the turn of June and July at a site where apartments are to be built. Mr. Staněk said that while Olomouc lay on a migratory route for mammoths the tusk fragment was one of the few such finds ever made during archaeological research.
Archeologists says they have found a rare burial site in Prague dating from the seventh or eighth century BC. The two graves apparently belonged to highly placed members of society given the rich hoard of effects found in the burial chambers. The effects include the remains of the burial carriage and equipment used by horses during the iron age. Only one similar burial site to the latest discovery at Letňany has been made previously in Prague and that was more than a century ago.
Czech archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the tomb of a previously unknown queen, Chentkaus III. She is believed to have been the wife of the pharaoh Neferefre, who ruled in the fifth dynasty around 4,500 years ago. The discovery was made at Abusir, southwest of Cairo. The head of the Czech group of Egyptologists, Miroslav Bárta, said the fact the tomb had been found in the necropolis of Neferefre made it likely that the woman had been his spouse.
Skeletal remains found buried in a field in the area of Prostějov on Saturday by a local have been estimated at being over 100 years old. The estimate was made by an forensic anthropology expert. The remains have been sent for further study. Two similar cases were also registered in the Přerov area this year.
Czech paleontologists revealed on Friday the details of the discovery of part of the skeleton of a Mesozoic Plesiosaurus dating back around 75 million years. The discovery was made in Antarctica. Zdeněk Venera, the director of the Czech Geological Survey confirmed the team also uncovered a number of fossils of new species of animals and plants. Over the course of several years, the scientists collected several thousand specimens. The CGS scientists have completed ten expeditions in terrain on the Antarctic Peninsula since 2003.
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