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The Býčí Skála Cave in the Moravian Karst

Lecture: Zuzana Golec Mírová

The Býčí Skála Cave is one of the most important speleo-archaeological sites in Central Europe. It is not only the site of the first Palaeolithic research in today´s Czech Republic, but especially the cave with famous Hallstatt finds discovered by Heinrich Wankel in 1872. It is a central cave site of the Hallstatt period (Early Iron Age), which was repeatedly visited and where the burials of the most important "Early Celtic" elites were placed. The lecture does not only present the history of cave research, this year numbering 150 years, but also discusses the various interpretive possibilities that the discovery offers. It also presents a two-year research on the site and the first results of scientific analysis performed there.