Czech scientists have found unique specimens of trilobites that suggest something thought to be impossible – something was eating them. The small animals were amongst the most successful in history, crawling along the seabed for more than 270 million years. But during the Cambrian era, 500 million years ago, when neither fish nor cephalopods had developed, there should have been nothing capable of sinking its teeth into their hard shells. At a recent conference of international palaeontologists in Prague, Dr Oldřich Fatka of the Institute of Geology
Curators at the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe on Friday presented a piece of textile which they say was a piece of Jan Hus’ robe, the DPA news agency reported. The museum said the piece was found in the collections of the Musée d'Unterlinden in the French city of Colmar by its researches working on a major exhibition dedicated to the Council of Constance (1414-1418) where Hus was condemned as heretic. The researches said the find proves that Hus was worshiped soon after his death at the stake in 1415.
For first-time visitors the world-famous Konopiště Chateau or Karlštejn Castle are natural choices for daytrips outside of Prague but one destination visitors might want to consider is the royal Czech town of Rakovník, a veritable historic gem found less than 60 kilometres west of the Czech capital. Archaeologists have found that long before it was established as a town, the site of Rakovník and its surroundings, was favoured by tribes as far back as the Stone Age. Finds on display at the local TG Masaryk Museum in Rakovník show some of the oldest
Archaeologists in Prague’s Bubeneč district have found evidence of structures more than 7500 years old. Imprints from wooden supports suggested trapezoidal longhouses typical of the Linear Pottery culture that inhabited Europe in the early Stone Age. Evidence of a later structure suggested a date between 4300 and 3600 BCE from the Stroke-ornamented ware culture. Bubeneč, at the northern bend in the Vltava River, has been the site of numerous archaeological findings, most recently evidence of some of the oldest ploughed furrows in the Czech Republic. The new find pushes its earliest known settlement back to 5500 BCE and marks the earliest agricultural settlements in the country.
Two massive wooden boxes, each weighing over 300 kilograms – that was what the botanist and pharmacologist Bohuslav Jiruš left the National Museum in his will some 100 years ago. The humungous mystery crates came with one instruction: They should not be opened until 200 years after Jiruš’s death –the year 2101. Now, the National Museum has published the surprising result of its vote on whether its researchers should be allowed to take a peak inside with computed tomography.
Almost two dozen old Soviet mines were found in a creek near the North Bohemian town of Česká Lipa. Firemen were notified of 13 mines Friday evening and minesweepers found another eight. The devices were used for training and thus lacked triggers; experts say however that even these are dangerous, as Soviet mines were often improperly marked for training purposes. The area lies at the edge of the former Ralsko military base. A similar find of unexploded munitions last year stall the construction of a local water treatment facility.
Prague City Museum recently put on display a part of the biggest silver treasure ever found in the country. Visitors are able to admire just a fraction of the vast depot of nearly half a ton of silver jewelry, tableware, goblets, coins as well as raw silver, which was hidden in a Prague building some time after the end of WWII. The museum is now trying to find out who hid such a huge treasure, only discovered by accident roughly three years ago.
The Prague district of Bubeneč, in the bend of the Vltava river, is a quiet, mostly residential part of town, and a scene of continuous archaeological discoveries. People have been living in the area since at least the 5th millennium BC, when the phenomenon of agriculture began to spread through Central Europe. Only last year the district made the international news with the discovery of an atypical burial site from the ancient Corded Ware culture. Now archaeologists working on the site of the new Canadian embassy have found what appears to be the
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