What methodology has been used?
We usually use traditional methods, following the way of working in the 17th century e.g. in the preparation of the mortar based on extinguished lime or in the tower reconstruction using hand-carved beams. Exceptional cases, when we utilize current technologies and materials (like cement mortar), have been always considered and discussed with the expert committee on civil engineering and monuments. The project Katarínka has contributed to the development of methods for monuments revitalization, e.g. with the biosanation of the wall copings.
What type of research has been conducted at Katarínka?
Quite a wide range of the research activities connected to Katarínka includes above all the archaeological excavations (since the late ‘90ies); related anthropological research deals with excavated skeletal remains. Historical research of Katarínka and dendrochronological determination of the age of the timber have confirmed that the tower was more recent than the church. The statics of the church and monastery ruin has been verified regularly due to the safety of visitors and effective planning of the works. Since 2000, several geophysical campaigns have revealed subterranean ruins of the architectural structures within the area of Katarínka.