Prince Poprad returns to Slovakia

Discoveries from the prince’s tomb, discovered in Slovakia in 2006, will be on permanent display in Poprad.

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The prince’s wooden tomb over 1600 years old is returned to Slovakia.

As reported by SITA Newswire, two heavy-duty trucks loaded with parts of the tomb will transport the tomb from Germany to Nitra on Monday, May 9.

A rare tomb of the Migration Period was discovered in 2006 in Poprad-Mateyovche, eastern Slovakia. However, the parts were then taken to a specialized laboratory in northern Germany, where specialists are working on their maintenance.

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German experts also participated in a fourth-month study in Slovakia with archaeologists from the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) and the Podtatranské Museum. At that time, experts claimed that the tombs of the 4th century AD were stolen, but rare in Europe.

Dried poprad wood

Archaeologists have been able to find well-preserved wood, leather and textiles, thanks to proper soil conditions.

Archaeologists in the tomb have discovered items from the migration period, such as wooden tables, leather bow cases, parts of patterned tapestries, and wooden sarcophagus.

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“It’s the dream of every archaeologist,” said Matej Ruttkay, head of the SAV Archaeological Institute.

The lumber used to build the catacombs weighed 10 tons. Due to technical and financial reasons it was not possible to preserve timber in the traditional way, so German experts invented a new method. Experts have devised an ecological method that involves the natural drying of wood instead of impregnating it with preservatives.

The entire process is not complete and will continue in the air-conditioned vault of the laboratory in Nitra, Ruttkay said.

Permanent exhibition

The Podtatranské Museum in Poprad has a permanent exhibition of the life and death of the prince. It contains all the most important discoveries from the tomb.

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Research results on wooden tombs in Slovakia have also been published in many studies. Prince Poprad returns to Slovakia

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