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Archaeological survey at the Povazsky Castle
The archaeological survey has been carried out on the object: 1 The Palace – the
castle object (a chapel), load-
The archaeological survey included:
manual excavation works, terrain drawing of the findings and archaeological objects, continuous terrain photo documentation, depositing, transferring, washing and temporarily depositing of archaeological artefacts. Also, other activities were conducted as a part of the survey, namely the restoring treatment of architectonic elements, a geodetic survey of the terrain, placing of probes, sectors, uncovering of architectonic structures and the projection thereof into the castle survey. The archaeological survey consisted in processing the survey results, assessing the survey and research documentation in line with the Decree of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic no. 253/2010 Coll. Within the survey, metal and ceramic findings were treated and reconstructed, osteological material and the ceramics were analysed, detritus was transferred to the dump, the probes were backfilled, and the ground surface was compacted and formed, the dendrochronological analysis was conducted.
Photographs of the archaeological artefacts and archaeological works were taken.
The remediation of the rock cliff was one of the two construction interventions which the project was aimed at. The greenery was removed from the cliff as a part of preparation works which were conducted by mountain climbers. The photos were taken by them. Remediation concerned inaccessible and dangerous places. The rock cliff of the castle was in a very bad condition. The remediation and placement of 156 anchors ensure that the part of the palace where a chapel probably used to be will be preserved. The rock cliff became eroded, and rocks were falling down when it was being cleaned. Therefore, a temporary fence was built to catch the falling rocks.
The restoration project represents a set of construction and technical measures and interventions. It focuses at conserving and remediating the broken and unstable construction elements of the castle in the necessary scope, conduction necessary reconstruction and restoring works in line with the architectonic and historical survey and the needs arising from the complex restoration of the castle.
The purpose of the project:
The project deals with the restoration of the castle within the specified scope:
The goals of the project:
Restoration of above-
o static protection of broken and unstable structures
o conservation and presentation of significant preserved elements and details
o reconstruction of original objects, parts and elements (copy/new form)
Construction of new and specialized premises:
o presentation premises – to archive and present valuable elements (columbarium)
o organisational premises – to safe-
o supporting premises – for the needs of reconstruction and maintenance
Partial reconstruction of fill debris was carried out:
o to make the restoration of above-
o to present the castle nucleus and making it available
o to make subsequent survey and restoration stages possible.
Regulated access of visitors was ensured by:
o closing the castle nucleus (walls and openings)
o building up temporary pavements and installing safety elements
o implementing the information system.
Project solving procedure
An architectonic and historical survey is a main starting-