Long-lost medieval village of 'Bolko I the Strict' discovered in Poland
After more than 70 years of searching, the 700-year-old abandoned village of Goschwitz has been rediscovered in the vicinity of Strzelin in south-west Poland.
Goschwitz is thought to have been founded in the late 13th century by the Duke of Löwenberg, Bolko I the Strict, after he acquired the territory from a local noble family. The land was hoped to be a good investment, and a small village was established on it.
However, it didn’t all go to Bolko’s plans. The settlement was abandoned remarkably quickly, after only about 50 years of occupation. After this date, references to Goschwitz quickly peter out in historical documents. The forest in the area grew over the site, obscuring it from view from ground level.
Researchers have nevertheless been hunting for the village since before the Second World War. Now, without putting a single shovel in the ground, Goschwitz has been identified conclusively using airborne laser scanning. Read more.