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Black woman in medieval Bohemia

source: https://ct24.ceskatelevize.cz/veda/3426018

The shape and dimensions of the bones and the pear-shaped opening (hence the nose) and the arrangement of the dental beds have characteristic  features of africa population. This is because they are the remains of a black woman or a half-breed, "said archaeologists under the leadership of Pavel Kubálek. It is not yet 100% proof, according to them, this theory would still be tested by DNA analysis and appropriate to supplement it with analysis of trace elements to specify the origin.


But the evidence for black origin is relatively strong. If this is confirmed, the remains could be an important evidence of the wider contacts of medieval Bohemia with the outside world. Small growths in the cavities of the upper jaws indicate chronic sinusitis.


place of discovery

It is possible that she lived there for a longer part of her life, but she has never adapted to these conditions. People began to bury in this burial ground sometime in the 11th to 12th centuries.


Tetín Castle

Tetín is historically one of the oldest villages in the Czech Republic. The place was already inhabited during the paleolithic period. Archaeologists found that the beginnings of the village date back to the 10th century, when local Castle was founded by a princeps from the Přemyslid dynasty.

Yet, there is a legend which connected it with mythological figure Teta, the daughter of the mythological Duke Krok, who was supposed to have lived earlier than that.

Princess Ludmila of Bohemia was there murdered in 921. In the 11th and 12th century, the place was home to the administrative district of Tetín that governed the whole area of Podbrdsko region. Tetín is also referenced in the Vyšehrad Charter.


the landscape

In 1288, Tetín was the residence of the royal hunter and towards the end of the thirteenth century, the castle was rebuilt as a residence for the royal bastards of the Přemyslid line. By 1321, Tetín castle was owned by Štěpán of Tetín, who later sold it to Emperor Charles IV. The latter then joined the Tetín estate to Karlštejn. In 1422, during the Hussite wars, the castle was destroyed.

The place was also heavily damaged in the 20th century by limestone mines.