Remains of 300-year-old well discovered at metro construction site

Construction works on Warsaw’s second line of metro led to the discovery of a 300-year-old well. The feature was discovered at the Prince Janusz Street (Ulica Księcia Janusza) in western part of Poland’s capital.

Excavation of the well (by Metro Warszawskie)

The discovery was made about 9 metres below the ground level by archaeologists of the State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw who are supervising the construction of city’s second metro line. The experts identified the archaeological feature as remains of a wooden well dating back possibly 200 or even 300 years. It is the first such find made during construction in the city. The remains are being studied and researchers have collected samples in order to establish the age of the structure. Closer examinations led to a further discovery of artefacts that were found inside – probably objects that have fallen inside the shaft. Archaeologist Wojciech Borkowski states that they consist mainly of pieces of pottery, and bottles. The artefacts allowed to establish that the well was used until the period pre-dating World War 2. Archaeologists state that they will examine the feature until they reach its bottom. The discovery did not stop the construction at the site.

Overview of the excavation site (by Metro Warszawskie)
Metal detection survey of the well (by Metro Warszawskie)

(after Metro Warszawskie, Przegląd Wolski & TVN Warszawa)

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