Archeologists find ancient warrior grave in forest near Gorzów

Discovered after wind blew down a tree revealing spearheads, researchers working at the secret site have now found cremated remains. Tempelburg Historical and Cultural Association and Kostrzyn Fortress Museum

Archaeologists are working to uncover the secrets of a burial ground hidden in a forest in western Poland.

To the ordinary observer, the site looks like a forest, somewhere in the area around the town of Gorzów Wielkopolski in western Poland. 

The trees are relatively recent: they were planted in the 20th Century, during the communist era. Before that, the site was used as farmland. 

One of the graves discovered with a metal detector. Tempelburg Historical and Cultural Association and Kostrzyn Fortress Museum

There is more to the forest than meets the eye, as a strong wind in 2017 revealed. The wind knocked down a tree, bring spearheads to the surface. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be part of a warrior’s grave.

Now, with the help of volunteers, archaeologists are trying to understand who used the burial ground. They also want to find its boundaries to determine where the burial ground ends.

Researchers found an urn containing burned bones and milk teeth, which appear to have belonged to a child who was around 8-19 years old. Tempelburg Historical and Cultural Association and Kostrzyn Fortress Museum

For now, not much is known about the site. It may have been a village earlier – a few days ago, a 4,500-year-old vessel was found on the site. 

It seems that people started being buried there later. Archaeologists suggest that the site was used as a burial ground by the inhabitants of other another village, although it is unclear which one.

Other finds include a necklace of glass beads from around 2,000 years ago, ceramic vessels and a bronze ring.Tempelburg Historical and Cultural Association and Kostrzyn Fortress Museum

 Since this year’s research began last month, the team has already found a few graves.

“In previous studies, we found warriors’ graves here, this time we also found two graves of ordinary people. 

Marcin Gojtka from the Templeburg Association which is involved in the work described the finds as a 'great adventure' and 'unique history lesson.'Tempelburg Historical and Cultural Association and Kostrzyn Fortress Museum

“This confirms that this area must have served the inhabitants of a nearby settlement centuries ago,” the archaeologist overseeing the research, Krzysztof Socha, who works at the Kostrzyn Fortress Museum in western Poland.

Some of the bodies were cremated: the researchers found an urn containing burned bones and milk teeth, which appear to have belonged to a child who was around 8-19 years old. 

They also found items including a necklace of glass beads from around 2,000 years ago and, in other graves, ceramic vessels and a bronze ring.

The archaeologists are trying to understand who used the burial ground. They also want to find its boundaries to determine where the burial ground ends.Tempelburg Historical and Cultural Association and Kostrzyn Fortress Museum

Marcin Gojtka from the Templeburg Association which is involved in the work said: “This is a great adventure and a unique history lesson for us. 

“We are constantly working under the supervision of an archaeologist and we learn a lot. 

“It is a great satisfaction to be able to discover something that has been in the earth for thousands of years.”

The exact location of the site is being kept a secret to keep intruders away.