Previously unknown level of a castle tower unearthed

Archaeologists conducting excavations at the Olsztyn castle in southern Poland discovered a previously unknown storey of the tower. Within the so called “Well-tower” an actual well was unearthed that supplied the stronghold with water.The excavations take place in the area of the lower castle of the keep, where the mentioned tower is located.

Excavation of the Olsztyn castle (by Nauka w Polsce)
Excavation at the Olsztyn castle (still from a movie by Marek Klapa)

The discovery was made on the depth of 10 metres. The well is carved in the rock and is a square shaft with sides measuring 2 by 2 metres. According to the archaeologists the well was not used for about 400 years. It was covered with rocks, wood and dirt. Documents from 17th century state also that its depth was about 160 metres.

Olsztyn castle (still from a movie by Marek Klapa)
Olsztyn castle (still from a movie by Marek Klapa)

The newly discovered structure as well as the area that currently undergoes research will be opened for public and host artefacts discovered at the castle in recent years.

Olsztyn castle (still from a movie by Marek Klapa)
Olsztyn castle (still from a movie by Marek Klapa)

(after Nauka w Polsce & Marek Klapa)

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