Ludéřov, Olomouc distr., Olomouc Region

Early modern military fortification

(the 1st half of the 17th cent.)

Aerial view of the Švédské šance (‘Swedish Sconces’) from the north.

Aerial view of the Švédské šance (‘Swedish Sconces’) from the north.

Photo M. Kalábek.

Despite being sometimes interpreted as a ‘Viereckschanze’, an enclosed rectangular area of the La Tène period, it is most probably the remains of a field fortification from the Thirty Years’ War with well-preserved witnesses of a modern period military conflict. Nearby, there is another field fortification with similar state of preservation and features. The redoubt near Ludéřov is formed by an earthwork with inner surface over 1–2 m and a V-shaped ditch 3–4 m below the summit of the earthwork. The modern admirers of Celtic culture and defenders of the prehistoric origin of the feature have erected a menhir. The area is covered with coniferous forest and bushes.

References: Čižmář 1973, 1991; Bolina – Šlézar 2006; Cendelín 2007; Martínek a kol. 2013.

Navigation point: N 49°34‘58.95“, E 17°02‘27.52“.

Map notes: A – earthwork; B – ditch; C – medieval hollow ways. 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.

Čižmář, M. 1973: Keltská „Viereckschanze“ u Ludéřova, okr. Olomouc, Archeologické rozhledy XXV, 77–81.pdf