The detached department 'Prague
Castle' of the Archaeological Institute of the Czech Academy
of Sciences in Prague (CZ) was established in 1925.
It continues excavations initiated by builders and architects
of Prague Castle since the Middle of the 19th century, as
well as more recent excavations in connection with the reconstruction
of Prague Castle to the Residence of the President of the
new Republic of Czechoslovakia. Today nine archaeologists
are employed in this department. They are mainly concerned
with rescue excavations in the area of Prague Castle and
its closest neighbourhood and the complex evaluation of
the findings from older excavations. They also participate
in various projects (e.g. the oldest Church architecture
on Prague Castle, Medieval and Post-Medieval cemeteries,
Processing of Glass from the Renaissance etc.), and present
their work to the visiting public through exhibitions (e.g.
Prague Castle Story) and conferences. In the framework of
the AREA research themes, the department uses its own extensive
documentary and iconographic archives to shed light on the
past appreciation and investigations of the Castle.