The forest people of Elbląg may have discovered the Stone Age settlement

The forest people of Elbląg may have discovered the Stone Age settlement

Forestry workers in the Elblag forest area made an unusual discovery. They found fragments of pottery during their work. Research conducted by archaeologists shows that the discovered artifacts can be traced back to the end of the Neolithic period, Jan Piotrowski, spokesperson for the Elbląg forest area, told PAP.

The discovery was reported to the provincial conservationist, who inspected it in cooperation with the Elbląg Archaeological and Historical Museum and archaeologists from the University of Warsaw.

After determining the amount and type of material found, experts initially stated that the most likely forest scientist had found a settlement in the Neolithic period. A few weeks later, archaeologists from the University of Warsaw came to the scene to investigate.

“The survey conducted in the Elbląg forest area in early September provided a large number of artifacts dating back to the late Neolithic period. The relics include ceramic ware fragments, fl stone flakes and stone tools, including grinders and stone crushers.”-Jan Piotrowski .

These materials are most likely to be related to the activities of the Rzucewo cultural community, which lived on the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea in the 3rd and early 2nd centuries BC. It is mainly known for its specialized amber processing and diversified nutritional economy, and it is also rich in seal meat.

Pietrovsky said that it is currently difficult to tell what the nature of the activities recorded in the Elbląg forest inspection is, but considering the fact that the Rzucewo spring is mainly known from the settlements, it can be assumed that this is the background here. Therefore, it is important to find forest workers, because so far, only a few such sites have been discovered in Poland, the Kaliningrad region and the vast areas of Lithuania-he pointed out.

“In addition, most of the resources came from pre-war research, which was carried out during the construction of the water railway. Aleksander Klecha, an archaeologist at the University of Warsaw, emphasized whether German researchers could delineate too narrow studies. field?

The workplace is intentionally undisclosed. As Jan Piotrowski of Elbląg Forest District said, forests have many different functions, including in the forest we protect cultural heritage, such as historical sites or real estate and archaeological sites, such as settlements may be found. In this case, we will suspend the forestry project, and if necessary, the site will be protected. Therefore, we will not reveal its location until archaeologists conduct a thorough investigation of this place-he explained.

According to an announcement by archaeologists from the University of Warsaw, they will conduct further excavations in 2021.

PAP-Polish Science, Agnieszka Libudzka

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