Nemějice, Písek dist., South Bohemian Region

Prehistoric ritual site and its surroundings

(800–500 BC)

Hilltop Burkovák from west.

Hilltop Burkovák from west.

Photo Z. Kačerová, 2014.

‘Burkovák’ represents a unique site of the Hallstatt Period. Excavations conducted on the small plateau on the hill top uncovered several thousand potsherds and around 1,500 small clay sculptures (birds and other animals, spools, toothed wheels, beads, etc.), which were probably hung on pillars or a tree during religious and burial rituals. The peak is likewise known as Mt Tábor, a site used for religious gatherings in the Middle Ages (Hussite period). Two Hallstatt Period barrow cemeteries are located near the site.

References: Dubský 1949; Chytráček a kol. 2009.

Navigation points: N 49°19'09.13", E 14°21'12.78" (barrow cemetery on the western slope of ‘Burkovák’); N 49°19'37.76", E 14°21'42.97" (barrow cemetery at the ‘Na Kopci’ site).

Map notes: A – ‘Burkovák’; B – barrow cemetery on the western slope of ‘Burkovák’; C – stone circle from 2011 imitating megaliths; D – barrow cemetery at the ‘Hůrka’ site (‘Na Kopci’). Map symbols are available in the Downloads section.