Situla of Vinoř

Situla of Vinoř

Main Building

19. 6. 2015 – 12. 10. 2015

Object of the Season

In 1988, a grave of a high social rank individual from the Early Iron Age – Hallstatt Culture (800–460 BC) was discovered during the gas pipeline construction near Bohdanečská Street in Prague-Vinoř. The individual was buried along with a four-wheel carriage, at least 11 pottery vessels, and other burial goods in a chamber inlaid with wood.

Because the tomb had been robbed in prehistory, the most valuable parts of the burial goods were missing; however, iron components of a wooden carriage (tyres, linchpins, and wheel ironwork) and horse harnesses (iron bars, rings and latches of the bridle and straps, three bits) including bronze decorations (boss-shaped strap holders, discs and rings) have survived.

A bronze situla is the most precious finding. It most likely comes from the 7th century BC and appears to have been produced in the Eastern Alps. It gives evidence of the trading contacts between the local Bylany culture inhabitants and the more developed south of Europe as well as the existence of the privileged classes in then society.

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