The grim discovery was made after builders stumbled upon human remains during work at the site in Mikołajki in the Warmian-Maurian Voivodeship.
Developed by Hitler’s scientists to attack Allied cities in retaliation for their bombings of German cities, the V-2 rocket dubbed ‘Hitler’s Wonder Weapon’ was discovered in the village of Mokre in eastern Poland.
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.
A specialist team of body searchers from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) made the find in a forested area in the city’s Białołęka district following a tip off from an elderly resident who recalled seeing German troops herding people into the area.
Archaeologists closed in on a 20-square-metre site in a cemetery in the small town of Orneta by using local archival records and a hand-drawn burial plan. Religious objects including crucifixes and medallions helped them identify the victims.
The historical memorabilia from the Veterans' House in Manchester, UK, include veterans' banners, Polish flags, paintings, books and documents belonging to the post-war Polish community in the city. The author of the photographs told TFN: “I was in complete shock and awe with not only how many items were still in the building, but also what the items represented.”
The 75 victims buried today, which include three infants, were discovered during archaeological work carried out earlier this year by a special section of Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance.
Footage from an endoscopic camera clearly shows the 14th-century king’s royal sceptre lying across his body and the crumbling remains of a shroud still lying across his face – but mystery still surrounds whether the king actually looks like his portrait.
The seven-year-old child was trying to warn his parents of approaching German troops when he was gunned down and later buried alive.
The settlement may have belonged to a little-known people who lived on the Baltic coast around 2000 BC.