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Archaeologists reveal Stone Age well near Prague

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Velim, Central Bohemia, April 15 (CTK) – Czech archaeologists have revealed the remains of a well that was used more than 7000 years ago, or in the Early Stone Age, and was part of a large settlement, Tomas Chlup, head of the research team, has told CTK.

Only a few wells from this era have been discovered in Central Europe.

Chlup said 19 long houses dating from one stage of the Linear Pottery culture have so far been uncovered in Velim, 50 km east of Prague.

He said the settlement seemed to last for only a few generations.

“We have a rare opportunity to study the everyday life of the first farmers in our country,” Chlup said.

Czech archaeologists concluded that the first farmers on Czech territory lived in this Neolithic village in lowlands near the Labe (Elbe) River. They have been examining the site since 2006.

The people settled in the area after 5500 BC and built the so-called long houses, simple wooden constructions standing on pillars. As the holes made by these pillars have been preserved until now, archaeologists can reconstruct the individual houses and whole settlements thanks to them.

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