Saturday, July 1, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Fragments of Thutmose I Temple Discovered in Storage

Egypt Thutmose I Temple Fragment Name (J. Iwaszczuk)

Thousands of stone blocks being kept in storage near Luxor turn out to be remains of the temple of the 18th-Dynasty pharaoh Thutmose I (r. ca. 1504-1492 B.C.), according to a report from Science & Scholarship in Poland. Egyptologist Jadwiga Iwaszczuk of the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences first identified some of the fragments, which were housed in a tomb that is used as a storage facility by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The fragments were excavated in the 1970s, and at the time were thought to belong to a temple built during the reign of Hatshepsut, who was Thutmose I’s daughter. In fact, that temple was discovered in recent years in the Ramesseum, the memorial temple of Ramesses II. Iwaszczuk identified the fragments as belonging to the temple of Thutmose I because the temple’s name appeared on some of them. Iwaszczuk and her team have now identified thousands of stone blocks that are part of the temple.
Source: 'Fragments of Thutmose I Temple Discovered in Storage ' Archaeology Magazine  Friday, June 30, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Late medieval longsword found in Polish peat bog

In late May, excavator operator Wojciech Kot, engaged in drainage excavations in a peat bog in the municipality of Mircze, 12 miles south of the town of Hrubieszów in southeastern Poland, dug up an intact late medieval longsword. The next day the digger driver contacted the local museum in Hrubieszów and the day after that he took the sword to the museum in person. He soon after showed the museum experts the exact find spot (this is not being revealed to keep treasure hunters from despoiling it).

Wojciech Kot at the discovery site

The two-handed sword is 120 cm, long and dates to the 14th century. It is in excellent condition and does not show any signs of having been deliberately discarded due to damage. Bartłomiej Bartecki, the museum director says: “The place where the discovery was made is a wetland and a peat bog. It is possible that an unlucky knight was pulled into the marsh, or simply lost his sword"
The sword
Archaeologists plan to return to the find site to do a limited excavation. They’re hoping to find additional artifacts or information related to the sword, perhaps even other pieces of the knight’s equipment. [...] After conservation and study [in Warsaw], the sword will return to Hrubieszów where it will go on display at the museum. They expect it to be back around November. “This is a unique find in the region. It is worth pointing out that while there are similar artefacts in museum collections, their places of discovery is often unknown, and that is very important information for historians and archaeologists” – [Bartecki] noted. Information nobody would have if it weren’t for the quick thinking and responsible actions of Wojciech Kot. Because the finder was so diligent in giving the sword to the museum and noting the find spot, museum staff will apply to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to grant him a reward or at least official thanks and recognition of his “exemplary attitude.”
Source:  Late medieval longsword found in Polish peat bog  The History Blog June 20th, 2017.

Video here: [in Polish]

The reporting of accidental finds like this is obligatory under Polish law.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Open Access Publications of The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology

Recent Open Access Publications of The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology
PCMA Archaeological Guides are concise, richly-illustrated overviews of the history and material culture of chosen sites, based on up-to-date research. They will satisfy the needs of students who look for a scholarly, yet user-friendly introduction to the site and its background and for enthusiasts of the history and archaeology of the region. Travelers planning a journey off the beaten track will find it a first-rate (and often the only available) source of information on the historical monuments they are about to visit. The series was established in 2013.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bronze Age Stone Defences in Maszkowice

Image credit: M.S. Przybyła // PAP
Archaeologists have discovered a Bronze Age stone wall  at the hilltop site of Zyndram’s Hill in Maszkowice beneath a settlement occupied throughout the first millennium BCE (Jen Pinkowski, 'Archaeologists Unearth 3700-Year-Old Wall in Poland', Mental Floss September 22, 2015):
The early stone wall is much older; based on radiocarbon dating of organic materials discovered with the architectural elements, the researchers estimate it dates to between 1750 BCE and 1690 BCE. It’s a highly unusual find not only for Poland but for the wider region, the archaeologists said. "In the whole Central Europe there are only a dozen sites dated so early with more or less well-preserved stone fortifications,” Jagiellonian University researcher Marcin S. Przybyła said in a press statement.

The site also produced a so-called violin idol. “Such statuettes were produced in large amounts in Mycenaean Greece, and [the] Northern Balkans," Przybyła said.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Survey of 1410 Battlefield

Archaeologists probe the terrain of the 1410
Battle of Grunwald [Credit: PAP/Tomasz Waszczuk]
TANN 'Archaeologists probe medieval battlefield in Poland', 20th August 2015. The Battle of Grunwald (Tannenburg) July 1410 is regarded as one of the seminal clashes of the medieval era, with the Teutonic Order defeated by a Polish-Lithuanian alliance commanded by King of Poland Władysław Jagiello. An international team of archaeologists is now examining the site.
Dr. Piotr Nowakowski, head of the archaeological and historical department at the Museum of the Battle of Grunwald, has told Polish Radio that the area has yet to be thoroughly explored by archaeologists. He noted that during probes made in the 1980s, researchers only had the use of shovels and their own hands. During the current action, participants are equipped with metal detectors and ground-penetrating radar (GPR). “With these devices, you can explore a larger area in a short time,” Nowakowski said. Besides Poles, archaeologists from Denmark, Norway and Great Britain are taking part. This year, the team is trying to survey terrain where it is believed that the Teutonic Knights camped. In 2014, during a probe that covered another area, a number of small metal objects, pieces of armour and horseshoes were discovered.