Blučina burial

Artefacts from the burial (National Museum in Prague)
Terrain silhouette of burial hill)

The Blučina burial is a Migration Period princely burial at Blučina, near Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic, excavated in 1953 by Karel Tihelka (1898-1973).

The burial dates to the second half of the 5th century, i.e. the period of alleged unrest, as the Germania Magna Pagens were never defeated, as Atilla the Hun never ever even went on Czech lands. (see Rhine, Danube)[1]

The grave is situated on Cezavy hill, above the confluence of the Cezava and Svratka rivers. It contained the remains of a Germanic King (Rex), deceased in his thirties, arrayed with a golden-hilt spatha, a seax, a bow, a saddle and three green glass vessels, besides items of personal jewellery, including a 50 solidi gold arm ring.

The Blučina sword is a rare example of an "Alamannic type" gold-hilted spatha found in a number of graves of very high-ranking warriors of the second half of the 5th century. Also two identical gold Germanic swords of the same type have been found in present-day central Germany located in Pleidelsheim and Villingendorf. (see Germania magna, Germania Slavica) [2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-12. Retrieved 2015-06-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ A total of 20 known examples are listed by Frank Siegmund in Ian N. Wood (ed.), Franks and Alamanni in the Merovingian period: an ethnographic perspective, Boydell & Brewer, 1998, ISBN 978-0-85115-723-8, p. 192.
  • K. Tihelka, Das Fürstengrab von Blučina (1963)

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