View Chapters

Book: The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600

Chapter: Churches, Monasteries and Cemeteries

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24726


Around 1100, burial grounds began to be attached to churches. The parish network was gradually stabilised. From St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle to small village churches, archaeology has accumulated a large amount of knowledge. A surprising theme in archaeology of monastic houses is their gradual construction, which reflects their economic fortunes. The archaeology of burial grounds includes also the archaeology of minorities. Among the results available, attention is drawn to the burial grounds of Anabaptists in south Moravia, which provide information on this sect through their location in the landscape and through simple burial rites. The excavation of the Jewish cemetery in the New Town of Prague was one of the largest enterprises of its type in Europe.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jan Klápště ( - book-auth-508) 'Charles University'