Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

AROUND SLOVAKIA

Trenčín Castle reveals findings from 50 BC

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.

Trenčín Castle (Source: TASR)

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.



Top stories

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký

Crates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shopping

Farmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4

Man who abducted the president’s son speaks out

The testimony of the former secret service agent could be of importance in a court process against the ex-spy boss.

Former SIS director Ivan Lexa