The survey there accompanied the excavations during the reconstruction of the hot pipes, Lenka Sedláčková from the company Archaia Brno, which conducted the surveys, told ČTK.
The Svratecká nahon used to be a side branch of the Svratka and flowed through the center of the present-day Mendlo náměstí. In the places of its former northern bank, archaeologists discovered parts of two wooden structures at a depth of three meters. The better-preserved structure was built on a beam grate, under which an even older predecessor was found.
“The connection between these buildings and the drive was already unmistakable at first glance. The question of their function is somewhat more complicated. It can be assumed that the discovered structures could have performed the function of some kind of cages or dumbbells, i.e. the place where the clarified water from the drive flowed, and where it was possible to temporarily store live fish. Many dumbbells were also used to store food, i.e. as a refrigerator,” said Sedláčková.
According to the results of a dendrochronological analysis, the older of the structures came from the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, while the younger one was built from trees felled in 1933 or 1934. ” added the archaeologist. When comparing photographs of the investigated site from 1912, experts found that these dumbbells were probably captured in the photograph, but probably covered by a wooden cover.
The survey helped archaeologists obtain information on the modern development of the area around the drive. The Svrateck drive was finally filled in in the 1960s.