Publication details

Preliminary report of the 2019 excavation at Švédův Stůl Cave in the Moravian Karst

Authors

NEJMAN Ladislav HUGHES Philip SULLIVAN Marjorie WRIGHT Duncan WAY Amy Mosig SKOPAL Nicholas MLEJNEK Ondřej ŠKRDLA Petr LISÁ Lenka KMOŠEK Matěj NÝVLTOVÁ FIŠÁKOVÁ Miriam KRÁLÍK Miroslav NERUDA Petr NERUDOVÁ Zdeňka PŘICHYSTAL Antonín

Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Přehled výzkumů
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Citation
Web http://pv.arub.avcr.cz/61_1_01.pdf
Keywords Moravian karst;Neandertals;re-excavation;spoil-heap;geochemical signals
Description Švédův Stůl Cave in the Moravian Karst has been excavated several times since Martin Kříž started the first excavation in 1886. Two parts of the site were re-excavated in 2019. The primary aim was to conduct classical as well as innovative and experimental sedimentological and geoarchaeological investigations of sediments from the discarded spoil heap outside the cave entrance (trench C–D). Intact sediments with a small number of lithic artefacts and a large number of animal bones were also excavated during the 2019 excavation (trench A–B) located under the trench excavated by Bohuslav Klíma’s team in the 1950s. An attempt is being made using pXRF, benchtop ED-XRF and ITRAX techniques to link some of the sedimentary material in the spoil heap (C–D) with the stratified sediments in trench A–B. Animal bones and lithic artefacts were found in both trenches. Numerous samples were collected for geoarchaeological, palaeoenvironmental and dating analyses and the results will be published in upcoming publications.