Nevězice, Písek dist., South Bohemian Region

Prehistoric hillfort – oppidum

(150–50 BC)

Huge bank of the oppidum.

Huge bank of the oppidum.

Photo Z. Kačerová, 2014.

The smallest La Tène Period hillfort (oppidum) in Bohemia, situated on a picturesque promontory over the Moldau (Vltava) valley. Although the northwest side of the hillfort was originally fortified by a pair of ramparts and ditches, only the inner rampart and ditch has survived and can be seen today. The rest of the hillfort perimeter is also enclosed by a bank, which is the remnant of a wood and earth rampart with frontal stone screen wall divided by vertical beams. While the site does not reflect the wealth of other oppida, finds of imported pottery suggest that it could have served as a trade station along the Moldau route.

References: Drda 1987; Drda – Rybová 1997, 1998; Waldhauser 2001.

Navigation points: N 49°28'08.53", E 14°09'55.75" (northwest).

Map notes: A – main ‘lane’ type gateway; B – ‘pincer’ type gate with a side entrance; C – hollow way to a ford across the Moldau River; D – banks and ditches; E – water source; F–G – concentrations of surface archaeological finds and evidence of crafts. 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.

Drda, P. 1987: Keltské oppidum Hrad u Nevězic, Archeologické rozhledy 39/5, 517–556.
Drda, P. – Rybová, A. 1997: Keltská oppida v centru Boiohaema, Památky archeologické 88/2, 65–123.