Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

AROUND SLOVAKIA

Roman artefacts found at Bratislava Castle

BRATISLAVA Castle is currently undergoing renovation, and has been given new night-lighting and a new colour, the ČTK newswire wrote. But in addition, during works in August, archaeologists uncovered remnants of Roman buildings and Celtic coins that they say prove the present-day Slovak capital was in Roman times an important central-European Celtic power centre.

A shard of Roman pottery, found at Bratislava castle. (Source: TASR)

BRATISLAVA Castle is currently undergoing renovation, and has been given new night-lighting and a new colour, the ČTK newswire wrote. But in addition, during works in August, archaeologists uncovered remnants of Roman buildings and Celtic coins that they say prove the present-day Slovak capital was in Roman times an important central-European Celtic power centre.

Structures dating back to the 1st century BC were discovered during the renovation, as were golden and silver coins – dubbed “golden treasure” by the Slovak media – bearing the inscriptions ‘Biatec’ and ‘Nonos’. “These were the names of first Celtic dukes who reined on our territory and minted coins with their names inscribed,” the daily Sme quoted archaeologist Margaréta Musilová as saying.

In the castle complex, ancient walls, preserved paving, and shards of pottery from amphorae have been unearthed. The head of the Bratislava Institute for the Protection of Monuments, Ivo Štassel, considers the findings unique. “We will strive to have these findings included among historical monuments under UNESCO protection,” he concluded.

During Roman times, Bratislava was the site of a Celtic oppidum (a Latin word meaning the main settlement in any administrative area of ancient Rome) that stretched across dozens of hectares. Slovakia is not very rich in structures from the Roman period, because the border of the Roman Empire was formed by the River Danube. The most well-known monuments are remnants of military forts or encampments.


Top stories

Ryanair cancels some flights from and to Bratislava

The Irish low-cost airline publishes full list of cancellations

Irish budget airline Ryanair is believed to be cancelling up to 50 flights every day over the next six weeks because it "messed up" its pilots' holiday schedules.

No fees bring higher summer roaming

EU regulation raises the volume of roaming calls and data with Slovak mobile operators .

People should pay attention on used data abroad.

Several cities, including Bratislava, offering free mass transport for a week

European Mobility Week (ETM) will make city and commuter mass transport free for drivers, including a price reduction on Slovak trains.

Illustrative stock photo

Providers build new networks

Focus is on 4G networks, but companies also prepare for using the Internet of Things technology.

Mobile network coverage is gradually increasing.