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.