The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600

The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600

by Jan Klapste


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The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600 by Jan Klapste

This book offers the first comprehensive picture of medieval archaeology of the Czech Lands available in English. As it assembles the main topics of current archaeological research, it establishes the key issues of its methodology. The topics cover the rural and urban milieu, secular power supports (castles, manors etc.), and monastic houses and parish churches. Special attention is given to technology, craft, industry (including mining archaeology and glass production), housing culture and daily life across the social strata. One of the fascinating features is the artefactual presentation of two competing religions; Catholicism and Hussitism. Czech medieval archaeology reveals new details of Jewish everyday life, and the story of the Anabaptists and their Central European crafts heritage. The achievements of contemporary Czech medieval archaeology are well documented while the text ventures on an archaeological journey through the medieval Czech Kingdom: from Prague up to its forgotten rural environment. The primary intention is to piece together the past and illustrate the position of the Czech Lands between the gradual process of medieval transformation (13th century) and early modern transition (16th century). The nine thematic chapters of this work contain an array of boxed texts by specialized researchers, highlighting the themes of particular importance. The entire book is illustrated by figures which have been until now practically unknown in the European context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845536336
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: Studies In the Archaeology of Medieval Europe Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jan Klapste is a professor at the Department of Archaeology at the Charles University in Prague.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Rural Milieu 3. Secular Power 4. Churches, Monasteries and Cemeteries 5. Urban Settlement 6. Domestic Features: Heat and Light 7. Technology, Craft and Industry 8. Artefacts, Communication and Symbols 9. Medieval Archaeology: Present and Future

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