2,000-year-old grains discovered near Poprad

A bronze Celtic statue with golden eyes was unearthed in the same Poprad locality last year.

Celtic coins found in Jánovce in the past.Celtic coins found in Jánovce in the past. (Source: TASR)

La Tène and Roman Age ceramic fragments and metal objects have been unearthed in an archaeological dig.

The Spiš Museum, in cooperation with Constantine the Philosopher University Nitra, Kežmarok museum and the private company Archeológia Spiš, discovered the artefacts in the western part of the fortified settlement in Jánovce-Machalovce, outside the town of Poprad in eastern Slovakia, as reported by the TASR newswire.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

Pea and wheat grains

Part of a settlement building in the north-western section of the fort was examined, and numerous fragments of ceramics and metal objects were found within it. They date back to the late La Tène Age, which is the first century BC, according to Spiš Museum archaeologist Mária Hudáková.

“Of these, a pair of Celtic coins, some iron clasps and a bronze bracelet deserve attention. The pair of glass beads discovered is also a valuable find,” she said.

Based on the research, information on food consumed by the inhabitants of the fortified settlement was also obtained. Archaeologists found samples of pea and wheat grains in flooded clay.

Demise of the fort

The north-western part of the ramparts of the fortified settlement was also examined. Research has shown the fortifications were largely formed by natural bedrock. In some places, it was modified and in the upper part supplemented with a clay embankment with a wooden structure.

“The structure was burnt in the investigated parts, which can also be attributed to the demise of the fort in the first century BC,” Hudáková argued.

SkryťRemove ad
Related article The Celt with golden eyes may be the find of the year Read more 

The samples of burnt wood will now be subjected to radiocarbon dating, which may help experts specify the time classification.

“We assume the settlement, at least in the forecourt of the fort, continued to exist until the second half of the second century AD, as evidenced by the findings made during the past archaeological excavations,” the archaeologist added.

The investigations in this archaeological site started in mid-July of this year and were completed on August 6.

Top stories

Jeremy Hill shows people around Trenčín during a fjúžn walk in 2021

For this American, podcasting became a way to make foreigners in Slovakia visible

Jeremy Hill, an English teacher who lives near Trenčín, came up with the idea of his “Na Slovensku Aj Po Anglicky” podcast during the coronavirus pandemic.


26. jan
Faculty of Management, Comenius University Bratislava

Study program MANAGEMENT in English language

Faculty of Management, Comenius University Bratislava, offers a program Management accredited in the English language.


27. jan
Found stone point

Precious finding near Trnava: 40,000-year-old stone point

The stone points of the spears were inserted into a wooden stick, and the joint could be reinforced with a natural adhesive and organic fiber.


23. jan
The cellar for maturing red wines, built in 2010 with a capacity of 220,000 litres.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 26 and February 5, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.


26. jan
SkryťClose ad