Castle Rokštejn research
The research team of DAM started the systematic archaeological research at Rokštejn Castle in 1997, when it followed up a rescue excavation associated with the planned build-up of the Střížov reservoir since 1981. The extensive systematic research project comprises archaeological excavation, analysis of the building historical development of the castle, and definition of sequences of high medieval and late medieval material culture. Attention is paid to everyday life of castle inhabitants and their social and economic contacts, as well as to a complex view of the development in the region including the ecological impact on the natural environment in the region in the course of the Middle Ages.
The castle is situated in cadastral district of Panská Lhota in the valley of the river Brtnice, 12 km as the crow flies from the town of Jihlava. It is a cultural monument with register number 21329/7-5055. Rokštejn Castle represents a fragmentary monument – a castle ruin. The preserved masonry can be divided into masonry from the last phase of existence of the castle which was destroyed, and masonry which is currently exposed by archaeological excavations.
Both types of masonry were reinforced, conserved and are presented to the public. The area of Rokštejn Castle is composed of the so-called Upper Castle, Lower Castle, northern outer bailey, and the western, southern and eastern outer ward.
Students are involved in research on the castle. The excavation practice mainly comprises direct study of stratigraphic principles in complex conditions with many building intrusions, changes in the use of individual zones and architectonic segments, and several horizons of decline. Practical training encompasses accurate documentary drawings, photographs and geodetic documentation, inclusive of GIS vectoring.
The excavation methods were supplemented by sifting, flotation, sorting of environmental and cultural samples, and basic conservation procedures.