Dig yields treasures under Poznań's Old Market Square
PR dla Zagranicy
Excavations under the Old Market Square in the mid-western Polish city of Poznań have yielded almost 8,000 fragments of clay vessels and 350 coins, as well as weapons, jewellery, spurs and signet rings from the late medieval period.
Excavations on the Old Market Square, Poznań. Photo: Poznań Archaeological Museum
“For archaeologists, often the greatest treasures are not those found in the most spectacular dig sites, but rather sometimes those smaller items, which can still provide researchers with an enormous amount of information,” commented Poznań Archaeological Museum's Kateriny Zisopulu-Bleja, manager of the excavations.
Although archaeologists did not manage to find remains from the period before Poznań received a charter , which had been one of the original aims, according to them the knowledge acquired from the dig will still allow them to reconstruct the old layout of the town.
The first phase of excavations has lasted three months and focused around the Old Town Hall. All phases are due to be completed by October and a total area of 230 m2 will be excavated, at a cost of over PLN 1 million (EUR 240,000).
“Some of the objects are decorated, they have ornaments on them. We have the bottom parts of dishes, the edges. We will be able to reconstruct some of the items in their entirety,” explained Magdalena Poklewska-Koziełł, also from the Poznań Archaeological Museum.
Apart from coins, jewellery and pottery fragments the items found include knives, arrowheads and crossbow bolts. (sl/nh/rk)