Archaeologists discover prehistoric graves at a major road construction site

Excavations at a construction site near Nowa Huta, South Poland, proceeding construction of a road linking Warsaw with Cracow, bring new discoveries. Recently graves dating back 2000 years were found.

A double burial (by TVN24)
A double burial (by TVN24)

One of the most interesting finds of the excavations is a double burial of a man and a woman. The man was identified as being 35 years old at the time of death. In his left elbow there was jammed flint arrowhead, which must have been stuck there years before his death as the bones grew around it. The object also caused the left forearm to stop growing, what resulted in being a couple centimetres shorter than the right one. Another burial revealed a partially preserved skull with a bronze earring that must had once been part of the deceased person’s jewellery. The grave is said to be 2000 years old, therefore being created during the Iron Age, contemporary to the formation of the Roman Empire. As the discoveries show, the area of Nowa Huta is rich in archaeological sites, starting from the Neolithic onwards.

Skull of a buried individual with a bronze earring (by M. Sip, UAM Poznań)
Skull of a buried individual with a bronze earring (by M. Sip, UAM Poznań)

(after TVN24 & M.Sip UAM Poznań)

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