Although we are still closed due to the pandemic, the Medieval Department's annual archaeology exhibition was not postponed. Until we reopen, a virtual version of the exhibition 'Mainly Medieval 5.0 - From excavation to exhibition' awaits visitors.
This year marks the fifth installment of the exhibition series 'Mainly Medieval'. Organized for the first time in 2015 in the Castle Museum, these exhibitions aim to present the most significant excavations and finds of the previous year. We deem it important to share a selection of the newest and most promising archaeological finds, often still being researched, to those interested at the end of the year. The fact that the public can get acquainted with the finds at this early stage also means that those interested can get a better insight into the whole work process than in the case of other exhibitions. Before conducting more in-depth studies, professionals can often rely only on assumptions that are ultimately either confirmed or discarded - such is the case of one of the key findings, a horse skeleton thrown into a medieval well. Before more precise investigations, it cannot be said for sure how and why such a large animal carcass was stuffed in a well 150 cm in diameter around the 15th or 16th century.
FROM EXCAVATION TO EXHIBITION
In addition to presenting the finds, the 2020 exhibition also focuses on the journey of objects from "excavation to exhibition", i.e. presenting of the work of archaeologists and various professionals who work closely with them. Naturally, an exhibition is the result of the cooperation of professionals from different fields, including archaeologists, conservators, historians, surveyors, archaeozoologists, etc.
Similarly to many areas, museums have also faced new challenges in the year 2020. The latest pandemic safety measures have interrupted the work of the team for many weeks, and the museum had to close, but at the same time they did not want to break the five-year tradition of the series and leave those interested in archeology without an exhibition. Light in atmosphere and drawn in the style of comics, an exhibition was created that hopefully reproduces the experience of excavations and archaeological work. Until the museum reopens, the virtual version can be viewed online on a desktop computer, tablet, mobile phone or VR headset.