MORE than 2,100 graves have been found on the outskirts of Trenčín in what researchers are calling the biggest burial site in Slovakia.
Archaeologists discovered ceramic urns filled with ashes at a vast construction site for the Laugaricio shopping centre, the SITA newswire wrote.
"This research is unique in that it represents one of very few burial sites of the Lužica culture (1,400 to 700 B.C) that had been completely explored in Slovakia," Ivan Cheben, head of the archaeological research and vice-president of the Archaeological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Nitra, told SITA. "As people were buried here for several centuries, the inventory compiled will offer sufficient data for following the development of the Lužica culture and its contact with contemporary cultural groups."
The urns, which average 40 centimetres in height, were buried around half a metre underground. Cheben said that only one part of the burial site has been explored so far, yielding 1,700 urns and a recent discovery of about 400 more.
The findings will go to Nitra, where they will be preserved, pieced back together and documented. Katarína Babičová, head of the Trenčín Museum, told SITA that the findings may have to be displayed at Trenčín Castle because the museum does not have space right now.
The Trenčín Region was an important trade route and cultural crossroads.
12. May 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Jana Liptáková from press reports