Bechyňská Smoleč, Tábor dist., South Bohemian Region

Early Medieval barrow cemetery

8th–9th cent. AD

Eastern part of the site, destroyed by mining.

Eastern part of the site, destroyed by mining.

Photo J. Mařík, 2014.

An Early Medieval barrow cemetery from the 8th and 9th centuries AD, with a typical row layout. Although the cemetery was investigated as early as the beginning of the 20th century, the most recent excavations identified fifty-five barrows with a diameter of up to 10 m. The mounds were composed of earth and stone, and wooden structures (‘tombs’), and simple cremation burials were preserved in several of them.

References: Maxová – Menšík 2011.

Navigation points: N 49°19'09.06", E 14°33'52.37".

Map notes: A – modern mining pit that damaged the barrow cemetery; 1–55 – barrows. Map symbols are available in the Downloads section.

Selected fulltext articles and reports for further reading. Complete bibliographical records are available in the Downloads section as the List of publications.

Maxová, E. – Menšík, P. 2011: Dokumentace raně středověkého mohylového pohřebiště u Bechyňské Smolče, Archeologické výzkumy v jižních Čechách 24, 191–207.