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Cemetery and Chapel from the 11th – 13th centuries

After the end of the Great Moravian Empire, Devín had been settled continuously in the 11th century. Inhabitants of the settlement from the lower part of the hillfort were burying their deceased in surroundings of the chapel they built at the place of the former Great Moravian church. Since the deceased were buried in a sacred area fenced with a stone wall, the total area of the cemetery is not too large. As indicated by its character and density and multilayer system of burying, a church cemetery is located here. Within the research, circa 700 graves were discovered which date back to the period from the end of the 10th century to the 13th century. Some graves were covered with plates – gravestones. Silver and bronze sigmoid ear cuffs of various sizes, rings, necklaces, iron buckles, coins of Ondrej I, Béla I, Solomon, and other rulers were found in there. The average age of the buried persons was 32. They were lying in the depth of 70 to 130cm immediately next to each other, sometimes even in several layers above one another. A part of the cemetery was destroyed due to the terrain adjustments relating to the formation of the neck ditch and middle castle in the 15th century.