Numerous finds at a future construction site in Warsaw

In Warsaw, archaeologist made a number of discoveries at a site of a future construction of office buildings on a square just outside the centre of the city. The excavations were undertaken after the investor, Skanska Property Poland, informed the local Heritage Office about unearthing remains of buildings pre-dating World War II.

Excavations at the future construction site (by TVN Warszawa)
Excavations at the future construction site (by TVN Warszawa)

The archaeologists unearthed foundation walls of a tenement house that stood before World War II at 12 Wolska street. It was a one story building constructed in the beginning of the century with store space at its front.

Archive picture of the 12 Wolska street building (by TVN Warszawa)
Archive picture of the 12 Wolska street building (by TVN Warszawa)

In one of the rooms of the basements numerous rubber toys, mainly balls, were found. In its vicinity traces of earlier, 19th century wooden architecture were found.

Haberbusch und Schiele brewery beer bottle (by TVN Warszawa)
Haberbusch und Schiele brewery beer bottle (by TVN Warszawa)
Bottle found in the dig (by TVN Warszawa)
Bottle found in the dig (by TVN Warszawa)

Among the small finds from the excavations are bottles of the local Haberbusch und Schiele brewery, a bronze coin with the denomination of 3 grosz, dated to the times of the Duchy of Warsaw (early 19th cent.). The archaeologists discovered also a sewing machine, and a fragment of a melting pot for casting copper.

3 grosz coin (by TVN Warszawa)
3 grosz coin (by TVN Warszawa)
Fragment of the melting pot (by TVN Warszawa)
Fragment of the melting pot (by TVN Warszawa)

The archaeologists will be working at the site for a couple of weeks. They still have to excavate other areas of the construction site, where a four-story tall building once stood. The artefacts will be documented and deposited at the Warsaw Museum (Muzeum Warszawy).

Foundation walls at the site (by TVN Warszawa)
Foundation walls at the site (by TVN Warszawa)

(after TVN Warszawa)

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