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Historic renovation of the Pernštejn garden grounds

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Title in English Historic renovation of the pernštejn garden grounds


Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The garden grounds, founded in the baroque style in the 18th century and extended under the vogue of Anglo-Chinese (or “sentimental”) style at the beginning of the 19th century below medieval Pernštejn Castle, were until recently in a state of disrepair. Therefore, their overall restoration was undertaken. During this process, it was necessary to subject the area to comprehensive archaeological research that comprised two approaches – a non-destructive geophysical survey combined with classical archaeological excavations. The first stage, which took place in 2016, was aimed at gathering maximum information on the appearance and layout of the garden, including detailed data on extant structures. In this stage geophysical survey by ground-penetrating radar was conducted and small excavations verified the gathered results. The second stage, completed in 2019, consisted of standard protective archaeological excavations. Its purpose was to document the sites disturbed or exposed during construction works and, possibly, identify their value as cultural heritage so that they could be either integrated into the restoration plan or re-covered and conserved underground. The research was exceptional in terms of its contribution to the restoration of the castle grounds and it played an active part in the whole restoration effort. The survey partly helped to discern the original layout of the flat areas of the garden, and its findings had a substantial impact on the intended appearance of the grounds as projected in the initial stages of restoration. The preliminary test pits provided answers to several questions concerning the construction and current condition of various structures historically located on the premises. The archaeological research proper, carried out simultaneously with the construction works, confirmed the validity of the initial conjectures about the layout of the gardens and delivered additional detailed information about their past appearance and chronological development.
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