Jan Bartek – AncientPages.com – After 20 years of above-ground surveys, archaeologists have excavated the famous Iron Age site of Němčice and confirmed the presence of the earliest glass workshop north of the Alps.
Němčice is one of the most important settlement sites of the La Tène Period (3rd–2nd century BC) in Central Europe, famous for its unprecedented amount of gold and silver coins which number over 2,000.
Credit: Antiquity (2023). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2023.80
Numerous beautiful glass bracelets and beads have also been found at the site. As such, it was thought that Němčice was a center of glass production, but only these excavations have confirmed this fact.
“No one yet knows how exactly the Celts made glass bracelets,” said author of the research, Dr. Ivan Čižmář from the Institute of Archaeological Heritage Brno.
“Therefore, we were interested in anything that tells us something about the technology of production.”
To attempt to answer this question, Dr. Čižmář and a team from the Institute of Archaeological Heritage Brno excavated an area where large amounts of glass objects had been found on the surface, hoping to find evidence of glass production. Their astonishing results are published in the journal Antiquity.