Three years at the foot of the highest mountains of the Bohemian Uplands, students and teachers from the Department of History at the Philosophical Faculty of UJEP have explored the remarkable historical roots of local sights. From 2012 to 2015, in cooperation with the National Heritage Institute of the Czech Republic, they unravelled the secrets of mysterious Milešov, from its first historical mention to the middle of the 19th century, within the framework of the project Documentation, Digitalization, and Presentation of the Endangered Cultural Heritage of the Border Region of Northwestern Bohemia.
Scientists from the Philosophical Faculty are equipped with technology for
non-contact laser scanning, the thermal imaging of structures,
but also, for example, the creation of 3D models.
Among the unique finds was the discovery of a hidden Jewish synagogue, or the plinth of the lost statue of St. Joseph. The team of researchers under the leadership of PhDr. Petr Hrubý and PhDr. Kamil Podroužek, Ph.D., not only managed to document the significant sights in the small village, but also to digitalize their state of preservation and afterwards to convert it all into the form of an exhibition for the awareness of the public.
The Milešov exhibition from the Middle Ages and the Early Modern times was viewed by hundreds of visitors. Individual panels showed the history and state of sacred and folk architecture, village homes, and small sights, but also presented the special methods our researchers have used during their work.
Scientists from the Philosophical Faculty are equipped with technology for non-contact laser scanning, the thermal imaging of structures, but also, for example, the creation of 3D models or dendrochronology which determines the age of wood by measuring the width of its rings. Much of this research technology served also during work on ongoing parts of the project, and those parts were two interactive online maps. One reveals changes in the cultural region of Milešov, and the other shows the endangered sights in the border region of Northwestern Bohemia.