The Venus of Dolní Věstonice, a ceramic sculpture of a female figure believed to be 29,000 years old and considered one of the oldest artefacts of its kind in the world, left its secret hiding place at the Moravian Museum on Wednesday to undergo a detailed scan under a special 3D microscope. Scientists hope that it will provide them with more information about how the statuette was made.
The Venus of DolníVěstonice, one of the most valuable archaeological objects ever found on Czech territory, was transported on Wednesday under strict security measures from the Moravian Museum in Brno to a laboratory at the FEI technological Institute in Brno. Archaeologists want to conduct further research of the figurine to have a better idea of how it was created. The ceramic figurine, believed to be 29,000 years old, was discovered in Dolní Věstonice in 1925 and is considered one of the oldest artefacts of its kind in the world.
Czech Archaeologists have described as the find of a lifetime a 3,000 year old bronze bowl which was discovered in a field outside Prague. The discovery has been kept secret for around a year until the reward of 92,000 crowns to the finder was settled. News of the find was made public by Czech Radio. The public will have to wait until the two handled amphora undergoes substantial restoration work in Germany before it goes on show.
On Monday, officials announced that Czech archaeologists had made a remarkable discovery at Abusir, near Cairo, unearthing parts of a wooden boat more than 4,000 years old. Its location near the tomb of a prominent noble is a unique find. Such vessels, used by the spirit of the deceased to navigate the underworld, were usually reserved for members of the royal family.
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek, who is on a three day visit to Egypt, is due to meet with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi later today. The talks are expected to focus on security issues and the fight against ISIL, the migrant crisis, bilateral cooperation and the possibility for Prague to host a large archeological exhibition highlighting the era of pyramid builders in Abusir, where Czech archeologists have been active for over half a century. On Sunday the head of the Czech archeological team announced their latest find – an 18-metre long wooden barge that is over 4,500 years old.
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.
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