The discovery 70 years ago this month of the 15th-century remains, as well as the earlier discovery of pewter containers holding the heart and innards of 17th-century Władysław IV, were met with wild celebrations and dubbed the find of the century. But then people started dying…
The 2,000-year-old discovery, the first of its kind in the country, was made next to the remains of an ancient temple in the ancient city of Nea Paphos in Cyprus.
The grim discovery thought to date back to the Bronze Age was made in the village of Tuchola Żarska after local schoolchildren began digging around with a bucket and spade.
By examining the use of 130 examples of ceramic lekanes (a type of low bowl), Dr Bartłomiej Lis of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology at the Polish Academy of Sciences found that the lekanes were used as handwashing basins – rather than as tableware to eat food from.
The settlement may have belonged to a little-known people who lived on the Baltic coast around 2000 BC.
Professor Marta Osypińska, a zooarchaeologist from the Polish Academy of Sciences, described the find as ‘unique’, saying: “Until now, no one has found Indian monkeys at archaeological sites in Africa. Interestingly, even ancient written sources don’t mention this practice.”
Previously assumed that gothic jewellery was of inferior quality to that of the Romans’, the haul of over 3,500 items of jewel-craft buried along with the dead near Elbląg, included silverware which when analysed revealed it to be 92-97 percent pure.
Just a few centimetres long with a visible snout and ears, the figurines were discovered at the settlement from around 3,500 years ago encircled by a monumental stone wall – which captured researchers’ interests because it is the oldest of its kind in this part of Europe.
New research by Polish team shed lights on the diet of humans 9,000 years ago.
The skeletons with coins dating back to the reign of kings Sigismund III Vasa and John II Casimir were discovered in an area in southeast Poland known as the Church Mountains (Góry Kościelne) and confirm local legends of a children’s graveyard.