Archaeologists in Israel believe they have indentified a unique mediaeval Bohemian coin found in 2009 in the former crusaders’ city of Acre. The experts say the coin was minted during the reign of King Przemysl Ottokar II in the second half of the 13th century; if that is the case, the coin would bear the earliest known depiction of the king, as well as historically the first usage of the title “King of Bohemia”. I discussed the discovery with Robert Kool from Israel Antiquities Authority.
Archeologists have been able to reach the underground parts of the synagogue in České Budějovice, 71 years after it was completely destroyed. The synagogue was built in 1888, but was later destroyed by Nazi soldiers during in 1942. Scientists found the remains of the foundation of the enclosing walls as well as small objects, which include pieces of shattered glass and stones.
Historians believe that they have found a fragment of the last surviving holy relic of the Czech patron saint Václav, or Wenceslaus. According to the curator of the Prague Castle collections, Milena Bravermanová, a small gilded cross made of iron netting, which is currently on the Saint Jiří gonfalon, was most likely part of St. Václav’s banner. The technique used to make the cross is almost identical to the one that was used to make the Prince of Bohemia’s armor, which Czech scientists have been examining for the past few years. Saturday is a state holiday that marks the anniversary of Václav’s death in 935, when he was allegedly stabbed by his brother Boleslav.
Four thousand year-old gold and bronze jewellery and tools found by a Czech dog walker at Libochovany in May will go on display at the Teplice museum at the weekend, the museum’s director, Bohuslav Boček, has told journalists. Bronze axes, jewellery and decorations were probably unearthed by wild boars close to a tourist trail leading up a hill overlooking the Elbe River valley; archaeologists have called the find unique. The dog walker picked up the rare objects and addressed Teplice archaeologists who returned to the spot the next day and found further smaller fragments of metals and ceramics. The metal items were probably placed in a ceramic vessel of which only two small fragments have survived to date. Under the law, the finder is entitled to a reward, which is estimated in the tens of thousands of crowns.
Today in Mailbox: A witness’s memories of the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, “My Czech Story” – a new competition launched by Radio Prague and CzechTourism, and Radio Prague’s regular mystery Czech quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Tim Wade, Rakesh. K.S., Hans Verner Lollike, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Charles Konecny, Uday Nayak, Shri Subhas Chakraborty.
During preparations for the installation of new plumbing in the center of Prague, archeologists discovered the remains of a large farm house from the beginning of the 13th century. Only a few meters below street level on Rytířská street, a building 70 meters long and eight meters wide was uncovered. Archeologists from the Prague City Museum said that this building was larger than most built at the time. They were able to recover brickwork from the outer wall of the building as well as the remains of a medieval stove.
During renovation works at the Clementinum complex in central Prague, archeologists uncovered four Jesuit classrooms from the 16th century and the remains of 11 graves from the early Middle Ages. The current buildings making up the Clementinum, which now houses the National Library, were built between the mid-17th and mid-18th centuries by the Jesuits as a dormitory and school. The order took over the location from the Dominicans in the 16th century. The graves that were found in two different parts of the complex come from the 9th or 10th centuries. Most of them, though, were partly damaged during building construction in later centuries. After documenting all the findings, archeologists will close up the site in order to preserve it as a part of the Clementinum national cultural landmark.
Pope Francis will not attend July’s celebrations of the 1150th jubilee of Saints Cyril and Methodius at Velehrad, south Moravia, though he will send an envoy in his stead, the Vatican said on Friday. The chosen legate is reported to be Archbishop Josip Bosanovic. The celebrations at the pilgrimage site of Velehrad will mark the saints’ arrival in the Great Moravian Empire in 863. Ss Cyril and Methodius came from Thessaloniki to spread the Christian faith and lay the foundations of written culture.
The Dietrichstein palace in Brno is hosting an exhibit of the remains and reconstructions of the village of Bystřec in South Moravia, which is the best preserved medieval village in the Czech Republic. The village was burned in 1401 and remained covered by topsoil for 600 years, until it was uncovered by archeologists 30 years ago. This is the first exhibit that shows objects found at the site, and includes reconstructions of village life.
Over 1,000 skeletons discovered during renovation of Kutná Hora “bone church”
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Why are Russian and Chinese spying activities in Czech Republic so intense and how exactly do they do it?
Prague’s historical Koh-i-noor factory to be converted into residential area
The history of the “German Czechs”