Researchers from the Institute of National Remembrance’s Search and Identification Bureau will now use DNA samples to try and determine if the remains found at the prison belong to Pilecki who was executed at the prison in 1948.
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.
The ancient remains consisting of the front part of the skull and both horns measuring 90cm were found by workers on the future Bródno metro.
Known as “Toledo”, the prison in Warsaw’s Praga district operated from 1944-1956, first being run by the Soviet NKVD, and later by Poland’s communist-era Ministry of Public Security.
The remains of Maciej von Krockow who helped end the Thirty Years’ War and who died in Kołobrzeg in 1675 following his move to the city 20 years earlier, were discovered by scientists inside a church.
The fragments of the Lützow warship settled at the bottom of the channel in April 1945 when the ship was the target of an air raid by the RAF 617 ‘Dambusters’ squadron. The haul that has now been raised includes the nine-tonne rear wall of the ship’s powerful 280mm gun tower, a copper range finder, screws and bolts and personal items such as lifejackets and belts.
The bones of a prehistoric animal have been found at the site of the future Brodno metro station in Warsaw's eastern Brodno district. Initial estimates put the time the aurochs lived at 6,000 B.C., Warsaw Town Hall announced on Thursday.
The new project by researchers at the University of Łódź will see the remains of 200 people digitised and put online.