Archaeologist: Teutonic castle is still full of secrets

Archaeologist: Teutonic castle is still full of secrets

From the second half of the year, the Teutonic Knights built the castle on the land of Chełmno from the 13th to the 2nd and a half to the 14th century. At that time, they were used for political, military, economic, and propaganda purposes, and now they have become characteristic points in the landscape. However, so far, we do not understand their functions or architectural solutions. A large-scale research project on the Teutonic castle has just begun.

New research has been conducted on the Teutoburg Fortress. Marcin Wiewióra and his team from the Department of Architecture and Archaeology at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (UMK). The research was carried out with funding from the National Humanities Development Program. In the course of three years, scientists will conduct interdisciplinary research in five castles that have not yet received such advanced analysis.

“We have just started the first non-invasive study of the castles and peripheral wards of Starogród and Unisław by scientists from the University of Warsaw”-told Dr. PAP Wiewióra.

He said: “We focus on locks that can answer key questions for us.” According to archaeologists, the Teutonic Knights did not start to build these castles until today, or certain defenders (Prussia, Slavs) (such as certain (As suggested by the source) is unknown before the erection of the castle. Or more precisely, as evidenced by the results of some of the archaeological studies that have been carried out, the castle was built in a previously uninhabited place? Some castles are in poor condition or are not visible on the ground. Researchers want to know their original appearance.

“So far, the results of the research are very interesting. During the geophysical research in Unisław Castle, the device was likely to record the remains of preserved walls, which were not visible in the wild. Squirrel. Similar discoveries accompanied Starogard’s work.

Thanks to the use of drones (multi-rotors), experts have mapped the areas of the castles of Birzglovo, Starogrod and Unishlav. In summer and late autumn, further non-invasive tests will be conducted in Libinek, Birzglovo and the previously allegedly unknown castle, as well as the second external Bailey of Papovo Biskupi.

“For many years, people have been trying to comprehensively study the problem of Teutonic castles, but our knowledge is insufficient. The researchers pointed out that this is especially suitable for the time sequence of the subsequent stages of construction projects, the topography and spatial arrangement of the castle, and the various architectural elements. Function.

He added that although several experts have tried to acknowledge this, the method of establishing the lock still needs correction and verification.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2019 and will be crowned in publications. For more information about this project, please visit

PAP-Polish Science, Szymon Zdzieśmieowski

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