The story of Csontrét (Bone Meadow) of Velence

The story of Csontrét (Bone Meadow) of Velence

by Haasz Zoltan, 12/01/2015
Bones and small findings washed out from the soil at springtime at the Town of Velence

Csontrét (Bone Meadow) is at the Lake Velencei, at northern edge of the town of Velence. It is said that the bones regularly washed out are the remnants of bitter memories from the previous centuries. These are witnesses to military camps and battles fought on the squares and fields of the several small villages, with both Christian and Turks blood shed, before Fehérvár was recaptured from the Turks. In this spot of Velence, the fighters of the nearby stronghold of Fehérvár got involved in a battle with the Turkish troops. There were times when various pieces of military equipment, smaller and larger ones alike, were found, such as spurs, pieces of swords or other items. However, these days only seldom can we find human or animal bones, as they are hidden under richly growing meadow grass, which is reaped annually with locals’ sharp scythes.
Even today, having preserved its name, the field above is called Csontrét (Bone Meadow). This legend was recorded by Mór Meszlenyi in 1865. The explanation is that in the area of Csontrét, graveyards from the period of the Hungarian Settlement and the Roman times were stretching along, and the Stream of Csontrét regularly washed out bones and other objects from the soil in springtime.

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Csontrét

Location:

Lake Velencei, Hungary

References

Kupi László: Város volt, város lett – Velence története 2004. (150.o.)

Velencei-tó Környéki Többcélú Kistérségi Társulás: Kistérségi legendás történeteinkből 2011. (33.o.)