Archaeologists discover early Middle Ages cemetery in Lublin

Archaeologists have discovered traces of an early Middle Ages cemetery during excavation work close to Old Town in Lublin, eastern Poland.

The traces of the early middle ages cemetery were uncovered in Lublin during excavation work on Łokietka Square, close to the city's Old Town. The team also discovered the remains of a metal workshop, coins, and elements of items for everyday use.

The finds were made during work being carried out on the modernisation of pedestrian walkways in the centre of Lublin. Due to the discovery, the completion of the paved area renovations on the square will be delayed until the beginning of August.

"The decision to continue research was taken with the full knowledge that this is the only chance to check out a few hypotheses regarding our city's past. Today I am convinced that extending the building work was the right thing to do, these archaeological finds have their importance and enrich our knowledge about the beginnings of Lublin." said the president of Lublin, Krzysztof Żuk, during a press conference.

The oldest discoveries were graves dating back to the early Middle Ages. In all, nine were discovered which implies this may have been the site of a cemetery. Three of the graves contained adult remains and the remainder contained child remains. The positions of the graves were well considered and laid out in rows.

A Cross Denar coin from the 11th century was found in one of the graves, which according to head archaeological researcher Rafał Niedżwiadek, places the date of the grave to "the first half of the 12th century, or the early 11th or late 12th century," adding that the coin in the grave "indicates one of the earliest Christian ritual finds in Lublin."

Other finds from the grave site include flint for starting fires, a knife and fragments of decorative items. The items will be analysed and in the future will be exhibited in the Museum of the History of Lublin.