Remains of a medieval village found on future Hyundai/Kia site

Archeologists have begun to excavate the remains of a medieval village
dating from the 10th -13th century, covering an area of 14 hectares, on
land where the Hyundai/Kia car plant near Žilina is due to be built .

Matej Ruttkay of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Archeology Institute,
said that this is the first opportunity for a complete medieval village to
be studied on Slovak territory.

He claims that archeologists' work will not threaten the plant's
construction, since the site in question is some distance away from the
planned carmaker's main buildings.

"Only the discovery of a unique stone architecture, such as a
church, might complicate the factory's construction," he added.

The archeological study of the site should be finished by the spring of

Korean carmaker KIA/Hyundai will build a car assembly plant close to the
town of Žilina in northwestern Slovakia on an area of 166 hectares.

The planned construction has been complicated by demands from some land
owners for greater financial compensation.

Production at the plant is due to start in 2006.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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