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morfrain_encilgar
Tuesday, June 7th, 2005, 03:40 AM
Archaeologists make discovery in downtown Prague

Archaeologists unearthed a ceramic goblet and a large number of small, silver coins in the courtyard of a house between Stepanska and Skolska streets in the centre of Prague last week, said Vojtech Kaspar from the Archaia archaeological society.

The coins were minted in Kutna Hora in the middle or late 15th Century. According to experts, the finding is unique since such a large number of coins is seldom unearthed in Prague.

The so-called "Lostice goblet" was covered under the floor of a Gothic stone house. Archaeologists unearthed its foundations under the tarmac covering of the courtyard. There were about 700 to 1,000 0.4-gramme silver coins in the goblet.

Such coins, marked with the Czech lion, were minted in Kutna Hora at a time when the traditional Prague Groschen were not minted there, Kaspar said. One Grosche was worth seven such coins.

Kaspar said the cache of coins could have bought three cows at a livestock market such as the one then located on what is now Karlovo namesti.

According to Zdenek Dragoun from the National Heritage Institute, it was a large sum of money at that time. At present, a person could buy a car for it.

The current value of the treasure is not high since it is possible to buy such coins at auctions for CZK 20-60 a piece. "However, their historic value cannot be measured," Kaspar said.

The goblet has been given to conservationists for X-ray analyses.

"The conservation and documentation of the coins will take several months and will cost hundreds of thousands of crowns.

"To save the treasure will cost more than its actual value," Kaspar added.

Archaeologists found other things in the courtyyard, proving the place has been inhabited since the 13th Century. A well there hid many things from the time when renowned Czech writer Jaroslav Hasek lived nearby, such as a night vase, bottles and a wooden bowling ball.

Many historic valuables have been unearthed in Prague. Last year, archaeologists uncovered the remains of summer cottage from the Iron Age with an exceptionally preserved furnishings. Researchers found two dozen graves almost 7,000 years old. During research on a site near namesti Republiky, part of Romanesque stone palace was uncovered.

Frans_Jozef
Saturday, September 10th, 2005, 05:36 PM
Unique statue of Persian goddess uncovered near Prague

(PDM staff with CTK) 11 September - Czech archaeologists have uncovered a unique seal shaped as the Persian fertility Goddess Anahita from the period of the Migration of the Nations near Prague, archaeologist Petr Charvat told CTK today.
"It is a completely unique finding," Charvat, an expert in oriental cultures, said, adding that it can be compared to the renowned ancient statue of "Venus of Vestonice" from south Moravia or the bronze bull statue found in the cave Byci skala at Adamov, south Moravia.
Archaeologist David Danicek found the Anahita statue on the same spot where he uncovered an ancient burial ground from the period of the Migration of the Nations (4th-5th centuries A.D) during his research. He said that a grave of a woman "of higher social rank" can be hidden there as well.
The closest similar findings come from the Rhine River Basin where archaeologists have excavated a grave full of weapons and decorations. The so far first Czech finding of this kind, unique in its shape, dates back to the same period, Danicek added.
"It is a sitting or half-kneeling woman's figure in a long green coat with a golden hook and probably a golden necklace who is hiding her face behind a book or a codex or maybe a couple of ivory plates. The lower part of the statue, which is apparently formed as a seal, is decorated with an erotic motive," Charvat said, describing the statue.
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