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Castle Ruins in Western Slovakia *** Cetăţi în ruine în vestul Slovaciei

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The first part of the lecture discusses the survey of the situation of castle and castle ruin conservation in Slovakia during the last 50 years. Different approaches are characterised depending on the historic building’s type, its condition and on the financial resources of the investor, illustrated in polarity between extensive reconstruction projects and subtle conservations provided by civic associations and volunteers. Both advantages and disadvantages of these approaches are analysed.
The specific examples of the “subtle approach” are presented in the second part of the contribution; we illustrate this through the description of archaeological excavations and consecutive conservation interventions on the Čierny hrad, Dobrá Voda and Branč castle ruins in western Slovakia – projects developed with the personal participation of the authors.
Keywords: castle, ruin, preservation, conservation, archaeology