A unique archeological find has uncovered during final stage of Bratislava Castle renovation – an 11th century wood-earth wall. Matej Ruttkay (director of the Archaeological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences) and archaeologist Marián Samuel commented that the preserved timber wall is one of the best examples of such period’s fortifications in Central Europe.

They explained that the original castle probably burned down in the 11th century fundamentally changing the area’s character and creating the castle hill relief still familiar to us today. The castle is thought to have stationed a military garrison, as well as that of Polish ruler Boleslav the Brave, which occupied the area for some time.

This oak timber wall is the first example of charred oak wood conservation in Slovakia. The research confirming the uniqueness of this strategic ridge above the Danube. The artefact could be restored by 2023 and exhibited to the general public in 2023.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

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