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Blučina burial

The Blučina burial is a Migration Period princely burial at Blučina in South Moravian Region, Czech Republic. It was excavated in 1953 by Karel Tihelka (1898–1973).


find situation of the grave according to J. Tejral

The burial dates to the second half of the 5th century, i.e. the period of alleged unrest, as the Germania Magna Pagens were never defeated, Atilla the Hun never ever even went on Czech lands. 

The grave is situated on Cezavy hill, above the confluence of the Cezava and Svratka rivers, Dyje-Svratka Valey. It contained the remains of a Germanic, deceased in his thirties, arrayed with a golden-hilt spatha, a seax, a bow, a saddle and three green glass vessels, besides items of personal jewellery, including a 50 solidi gold arm ring.


The Blučina sword is a rare example of an "Alamannic type" gold-hilted spatha found in a number of graves of very high-ranking warriors of the second half of the 5th century. Also two identical gold Germanic swords of the same type have been found in present-day central Germany located in Pleidelsheim and Villingendorf.


In July 1953, while searching for Slavic burial grounds in the vicinity of Židlochovice and Blučina,  was discovered by the road between the two villages by Dr. K. Tikelka the grave from the period of migration of peoples, i.e. from the 5th century.