Some 1,000 archaeological objects have been found and identified during two years of excavations along a stretch of the R4 dual carriageway currently under construction between Košice and Milhošť, the TASR newswire learnt on Tuesday, July 3.
According to Andrea Vráblová, spokesperson of building company Skanska SK, most of the objects found date back to prehistory. The largest discovery so far is a 45-metre-long clay pit that was probably used for extracting clay and manufacturing ceramics.
"Nobody expected that the extent of the excavation work would be this big, and even though the work has delayed the construction of the expressway, it's a great contribution to what we know about the region's past," Skanska project manager Ivan Gajdoš told TASR. Other finds unearthed during the excavation work include a unique grave containing a corpse lying in a foetal position in Seňa (Košice Region) that probably dates back to the Bronze Age.
Archeológia Zemplín, the company in charge of the excavation work, has gradually explored six different locations with settlements dating from the Early Stone Age through to the Middle Ages. The R4 dual carriageway is integral to the country's motorway and dual carriageway system and forms part of an international road corridor which starts in the Polish town of Rzeszów and leads, via Slovakia and Hungary, to Oradea in Romania.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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