Two axes of the 1410 battle were discovered near Grunwald

Two axes of the 1410 battle were discovered near Grunwald

During archaeological research on the former Grunwald battlefield, two well-preserved medieval battle axes and dozens of other artifacts were discovered. 70 detectives participated in the search, which ended on Saturday.

According to Dr. Szymon Drej, curator of the Battle of Grunwald Museum, the battle axe discovered was an archeological sensation at least nationwide. He emphasized: “In our seven years of archaeological research, there has never been such an exciting, important and well-preserved discovery.”

The shafts are in such good condition that they even have rivets to fix them to the spar. “The background of these discoveries, dating back to the beginning of the 15th century, and the type of shaft clearly indicate that they are directly related to the Battle of Grunwald on July 15, 1410”-his assessment.

The museologist did not disclose the closer location of the discovery, because-in their opinion-it may have been the discovery of a larger conflict site and other monuments on the ground. This is why they plan-probably this year-to organize excavations there and inspect the entire archaeological site in detail.

This year’s search of the area around Grunwald also found fragments of medieval rope handles, such as a dagger, and dozens of other objects, mainly arrows.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this research is not international for the first time. In the past few years, history buffs have participated in these events, including from Denmark, Norway and Lithuania.

In the past season, more than 15,000 people have been discovered. At least 150 pieces were directly related to the battle of 1410. These are mainly offensive and defensive weapons, arrows made with bows and crossbows, knight’s swords and belts, spurs and Teutonic coins.

The most valuable discoveries so far are two Teutonic bracelets with Gothic words entitled “Ave Maria”, used to fasten coats, and a medieval seal with a pelican on it. His young man supplied blood.

Museologists believe that these findings are placed on the allowed area map, including: Confirmation that the Teutonic camp is located in the post-war school dedicated in 1413 under the command of the master Henryk von Plauen The seat of the church. To the village of Grunwald.

There is still a mystery yet to be discovered. The knights killed in one of the greatest battles in medieval Europe are buried in mass graves. So far, burial sites have only been found inside and near the battle church site. In archaeological excavations in the 1960s and 1980s, only the bones of about 300 men were found. Thousands of people who fought on both sides were killed in the battle.

PAP-Polish Science, Marcin Boguszewski