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.”
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.
Among the remains researchers from the POMOST Historical and Archaeological Research Laboratory discovered weapons, tools, soldiers’ dog tags and medals identifying them as a paratrooper unit attached to Hitler’s Luftwaffe.
Archeologists say the discovery at the site of a future apartment block has thrown into doubt the long-held belief that the nearby city of Gniezno was the country’s first capital city.
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.
Finds show a past love of oysters, beer and flour from Toruń.
The 1,753 coins spread out over farmer Mariusz Dyl’s field near Lublin and described as ‘the Crown of Polish Archaeology’, are one of the largest ever hauls of treasure to be found in Poland and the largest ever in the Lublin region.
The gory details revealed that they were laid in shallow wells, which were then plastered over and sometimes reopened so that certain body parts could be removed, or so that earlier remains could be moved to make room for new corpses.
The discovery a medieval cemetery in the village of Ciepłe, northern Poland, include graves from the times of Bolesław the Brave, the first King of Poland, who lived from 967 to 1025.