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Settlements during the ancient ages

However the climate cooled substantially over a number of centuries, and consequently the population began to move back to the fertile and warmer lowlands. The significant settlement of Lusatia culture was found round Krnov, and this settlement serves as evidence that people left the mountain altitudes. Round the year 1300 B.C. part of the dwellers start to return to the mountains again because of precious metal deposits that became key trading commodity. It is true the oldest identifiable ethnic people inhabiting this region, the Celts, did not shift their settlements into the mountains though, in return they began to wash gold intensively on the Oskava and Moravice rivers, and they used this gold to mint their coins, so called irises. When the Celts were forced out by German tribes at the break of era the mining activity was slowly abandoned and it ceased. Unlike the Central Moravia no traces of Roman troops staying here were found. A massive change occurred with the Slavs coming here in the 5th and 6th centuries, they started to settle over here in several waves but even with them the colonization did not progress any much further to the mountains. Nevertheless, the Slavs followed up with the Celtic tradition of washing and mining precious metals out of which they managed to make precious jewels, to date found in the graves of Slavonic magnates all over the Moravia.

Tourist locations

Mapa Mapa Zábřežsko Šumpersko Jesenicko Staroměstsko, Hanušovicko a Králický Sněžník Ramzovské sedlo Zlatohorsko Javornicko a Žulovsko Staroměstsko, Hanušovicko a Králický Sněžník Krnovsko Bruntálsko Rýmařovsko

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