The almost 50 cm long object made of gold sheet is being moved to Brno. Those interested will see not only the original, but also a 3D reconstruction with the original decoration. When experts from the Institute of Archeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno examined the gold headdress, they discovered that its decorative motif had been changed at least three times. This is absolutely unique among gold objects.
Experts from the Institute of Archeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Brno, in collaboration with the Museum in Bruntál, will present to the public in Brno for the first time a unique find of a head ornament made of gold sheet from the Opava region, which dates from the Bronze Age, more precisely from the period of the Lusatian garbage fields (1300–800 BC).
When conservators documented and analyzed the almost 50 cm long object in detail, they discovered that someone had beaten the headband at least three times. “The multiple beating of the decoration forms at least three concepts of the motif depicted on the object. Among gold objects, this is a rare evidence of a change in decorative style on a single artefact,” emphasizes Matěj Kmošek from the Institute of Archeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno. “We can find a similarity in younger written sources in the form of a palimpsest – that is, written sources from which someone scraped or washed away the original text and wrote a new one.“
Those interested will see the headdress as well as a 3D reconstruction of its original form
Based on the results of the investigation, the Brno experts also created a digital and physical reconstruction of the object’s original form. To do this, they used modern methods including 3D modeling, 3D printing and electroplating in cooperation with the companies Prusa Research as and Electroforming sro. The public and researchers can thus see its form together with the original find even before it was deliberately assembled and apparently put into the ground as a sacrifice.
The gold sheet ornament and the process of its documentation and reconstruction will be on display on two days in the building of the Archaeological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno at the address Čechyňská 19 in Brno: on Friday 10 November during a lecture by Stanislav Stuchlík on the subject of Gold in the Bronze Age in Moravia and in Saturday 11/11 during the Open Day, for which it is necessary to reserve a place. The program is part of the national festival Week of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The exhibition and processing of the find was realized thanks to the joint project of regional cooperation “Gold from Opava” between the Museum in Bruntál, po, and the Archaeological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno, vvi, the project was also financially supported by the Moravian-Silesian Region.
Time is reserved for journalists on Friday 10/11 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. During the rest of the day, the media can visit the morning part of the open day for schools or the public program mentioned above.
M.Sc. Pavla Růžičková
PR ARÚB AS CR
M.Sc. Matej Kmošek, DiS.
archaeologist and conservator ARÚB AS CR