On Friday, archaeologists took two very old giant trunks from the construction site of the Faculty Hospital in Hradec Králové to the depository of the Museum of Eastern Bohemia. Archaeologists believe that these are semi-finished products of monoxyls, i.e. ships hollowed out of a single log.
Archaeologists believe that the trunks found could be semi-finished products of monoxyls, i.e. ships hollowed out of a single trunk.
| Photo: Museum of Eastern Bohemia
The Museum of Eastern Bohemia reported on the possible discovery of unfinished monoxyls on the premises of the Hradec Králové hospital: “On Friday, November 3, two very old giant logs will travel from the construction site of the Hradec Králové Faculty Hospital to the depository in Jaroměř. Archaeologists believe that these are semi-finished products of monoxyls (a ship hollowed out of a single log used from prehistoric times to the 19th century, widely used by, for example, the Celts or the ancient Slavs).”
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If the archaeologists’ assumption were confirmed, it would be a discovery that would certainly be written in the textbooks. The closest similar finds are from Scandinavia. “The discovered trunks weigh around 15 tons and are roughly 11 meters long, and the closest similar finds are from Scandinavia. The age of the found boats is not yet known, a closer determination will be possible only after the samples have been taken, and the results will be available at the beginning of 2024 at the earliest,” the museum added.
What did such monoxyl look like in prehistoric times? Its replica was created by archaeologists from Všestar and tested directly in the Aegean Sea. Look at:
Source: Diary/Jiří Fremuth