FINDINGS from the past millennia have been found during archaeological research at Trenčín Castle. Researchers found pottery, ceramic shards, a millstone, and small bronze items such as hairclips and pendants about two metres beneath ground level. “The findings date back to the late La Téne period, about 50 years BC until the turn of our times,” Jaroslav Somr of Trenčín Museum told the SITA newswire.
He said they had gained much more information about what happened on the high hill overlooking the town of Trenčín before Trenčín Castle was constructed. Somr said there was a fortified settlement on the steep slope over the River Váh, proven by burnt clay which was used to fill up the holes and by fragments of charred wood. Somr said that neither the steep slope nor the lack of water dissuaded the ancient inhabitants of central Považie from living on the hill. Somr said this was no big surprise since during a decade of archaeological research at the turn of the 1970s and 1980s, some similar findings from the castle dated back to the early Bronze Age. During the exploration, one grave belonging to a child, aged five or six, was also found, along with grave offerings dating from the 9th century.
The history of Trenčín Castle dates to the 11th century. The first stone building on the site was a rotunda, which Somr said was built around the 10th century and whose foundations remain. The current archaeological research is being conducted in the former barracks at the lower castle which are under reconstruction by the castle’s owner, Trenčín Region, because the 15th-century walls are decaying.
17. Aug 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská