Archeopark Chotěbuz-Podobora (Archaeological Park) in Chotěbuz
One of the most important archaeological sites in the country is a hill above the village of Chotěbuz, near Česky Těšín , the Czech part of Těšín (Cieszyn). In prehistoric times, people used to live in the area above the original river corridor of the Olše (the Olza river) a few centuries BC and in the 8th century, Slavs built their settlement on this site.
It is this original Slavic settlement that is commemorated in Archeopark Chotěbuz-Podobora that has gradually formed here under the supervision of historians. Visitors can see how the original inhabitants of the area lived, in what kind of dwellings they lived and how they farmed. Regular events show a true picture of life at that time, including period clothing and livelihoods. The village is surrounded by wooden stakes that made up the former fortifications.
Archaeologists have found axes, knives and arrowheads as well as unique iron shackles that were used in the slave trade. An interesting find was that of bones of a dog, probably a greyhound, which demonstrates that the dog was a pet as early as the 8th century and had become a human-helper by the time the Slavs.
Chotěbuz is an absolutely unique example of a settlement in Těšínské Silesia (the Těšín area of Silesia) and the complete Moravian-Silesian Region. In the immediate vicinity of the settlement, you can visit the Rybí dům (the Fish House), a facility with giant aquariums and hundreds of different fish. And there is also a completely unique church – St. Peter of Alcantara, which stands on undermined foundations and is therefore inclined, like the tower of Pisa.