The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600 - Jan Klápště

The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600 - Jan Klápště

Urban Settlement

The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600 - Jan Klápště

Jan Klápště [+-]
Charles University
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Jan Klápšte is a professor at the Department of Archaeology at the Charles University in Prague.

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The Prague agglomeration of the 12th and early 13th centuries was an exceptionally developed settlement structure, which has left an important legacy that is still apparent; especially its Romanesque houses within later buildings. Most of them had been constructed before the expansion of Prague in the 1230s. An important aspect of the archaeology of the towns of the later Middle Ages concerns their houses. Archaeology has repeatedly suggested the gradual development of houses on their plots. In the case of still standing medieval houses, systematic cooperation between archaeology and building history tends to be very effective. Research provides information on the household equipment, the diet of the urban population and on the urban environment. In some cases, it illustrates the professional activities of the burghers and shows their mentality. Urban archaeology mainly deals with those areas that were enclosed by the town wall. The possibilities for the effective study of medieval suburbs are much smaller. In this context, the results of the long-term programmed research of the suburb in Sezimovo Ústí are exceptional.

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Klápště, Jan . Urban Settlement. The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 97-145 Jun 2016. ISBN 9781845536336. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24727. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24727. Jun 2016

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