7,500-year-old settlement found in Prague

7,500-year-old settlement found in Prague

It was known that Prague had ancient sites, thanks to the discovery of the oldest plowed field found to date, dating back to 5,500 years ago. However, the new discovery is even more surprising: Czech archaeologists have found a 7,500-year-old settlement in Bubeneč (near prague), in the same area where the plowed field is.

The director of the Czech Archaeological Society, Radek Balý, comments that have located the remains of two great Neolithic houses. Some show the silhouette of a rectangular shape and date back to 7,000 years, while others are trapezoidal and 500 years younger.

The only vestiges left of the buildings are the holes and marks left by the wooden structures, which allows to know how they were divided internally. Trapezoidal-shaped constructions were common during the Stone Age and researchers point out that the people who built them belonged to a culture that cleared forests, practiced crop rotation and imported goods from the south of the continent.

In addition, among other findings are also ceramic pieces full of ashes and bones, that is to say, funeral remains. Experts estimate that they are about 3,000 years old but have not yet been able to perform any more intensive analysis.

The place where the settlement remains it seems to be most conducive to the existence of an ancient culture. The Vltava River offered an unrivaled living space: access to the river with abundant water, the possibility of being covered defensively and a fertile land.

Every time there is a discovery in the area, you go even further back in time. The oldest site dated 500 years later than the one they have found now. It was known that those who inhabited the Vltava basin cultivated crops in 3,500 BC, but now it is certain that there were agricultural settlements as old as those on the Nile River.

Undoubtedly, the analysis of the Bubeneč area will serve to find out more and possibly find more information regarding an older past of those who inhabited the area. Radek Baly explains: «We hope that archaeological research will continue in Bubeneč. There are many buildings that will be rebuilt and many others will be built, so archaeological research will be necessary.”.

Passionate about History, he has a degree in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication. Since he was a child he loved history and ended up exploring the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries above all.

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