Life (inside) of the Rokštejn Castle



Year of publication 2019
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The inner economics and economy of any castle are always very hard to piece back together to create a whole picture of a life long gone. Especially from an archaeological perspective. Long-term excavation can reveal many important details, which may have not been previously thought of. Rokštejn Castle (Czech Republic, Jihlava district) has been excavated for over 40 years, and its many outbuildings, blacksmith’s forge, kitchens with ovens, stables, and other utility buildings can shed light into the life of the castle, and its inhabitants. Archaeological field prospection of the Castle’s hinterland made it possible to compare the Castle and its hinterland from the economical view. These economic ties are based on archaeological data and written sources. The economic situation of the hinterland brings new details, when compared with Castle’s dispositional evolution and changes during individual building phases from the late 13th century to 1467. The inner workings of the Castle can be shown on several excavated features, such as pyrotechnical features, interpreted as ovens, kitchen areas, or the spatial connections between individual buildings and features and the actual usage of the Castle edificial plot, and the changes in use of one of the palaces as a granary and brewery.
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