České Lhotice, Chrudim dist., Pardubice Region

Hillfort – oppidum

(Iron Age, 150–50 BC)

Southern part of the fortification, taken from east.

Southern part of the fortification, taken from east.

Photo J. Marounek, 2008.

The only La Tène hillfort – oppidum in east Bohemia was investigated as early as in the 19th century, as was the case with the majority of similar sites. Evidence of specialised production of luxury objects and valuable imported artefacts were found at the oppidum. The hillfort probably formed a link between the ‘Závist’ oppidum in central Bohemia and the Staré Hradisko oppidum in Moravia. The triple line of fortifications is uniquely preserved between the acropolis and the suburb.

References: Lüssner 1857; Šnajdr 1911; Waldhauser 2001; Danielisová – Mangel 2008; Danielisová 2010.

Navigation points: N 49°51'21.29", E 15°47'00.58" (gate A).

Map notes: A – main ‘pincer’ type gate; B–D – gates; E – levelling of terrain into horizontal terraces; F – archaeological trenches in the fortifications; G – ditch carved into the rock. 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.