Prehistoric settlement discovered in north-western Poland

Archaeologists excavating an area near Trzińsko-Zdrój by the Trzygłowskie lake, north-western Poland, where previously a Bronze Age treasure trove was found, discovered a settlement dated to the transition period between Bronze and Iron Age. The trove, discovered in 2012, contained three bracelets and an axe dated to 900-700 BC.

Excavations near Trzcińsko-Zdrój (by Marcin Bielecki)
Excavations near Trzcińsko-Zdrój (by Marcin Bielecki)

This year the archaeologists returned to the site to verify the context of the previous discovery. Numerous test trenches were opened to investigate. In one of them traces of a settlement in form of a pit and a hearth have been found, dated to the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, contemporary to the trove. Other trenches revealed more hearths and pits, probably belonging to the same settlement, estimated to cover over one hectare of space.

Excavations near Trzcińsko-Zdrój (by Marcin Bielecki)

The previously discovered trove is believed to have been a sacrifice offered to the deities by sinking the objects into the bog. Such finds are common for the are and include often valuable objects, such as daggers, bracelets or jewellery. They also might have been hidden to preserve them during some incident such as, for example an armed attack at the settlement.

One of unearthed hearths (by Marcin Bielecki)
One of unearthed hearths (by Marcin Bielecki)

(after Nauka w Polsce & Marcin Bielecki)

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