Slavic settlement in Owidz, Poland.

The gord (Slavic settlement) in Owidz was established during the reign of Bolesław the Brave, at the beginning of 11th century, as a result of the growing influence of the Polans. It was shortly destroyed at the end of the same century - probably on an order of the Duke Władysław Herman. During the first half of 12th century these areas were eventually Christianized and became a part of the Gniew castellany, later came under the Teutonic Knights’ dominion (1282).

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// In Polish: do obejrzenia amatorski film “Miecz i krzyż - legenda grodu w Owidzu


Archeological finds from Pomorze/Pomerania region [x] [x].

Zaginione - Ocalone. Szczecińska kolekcja starożytności pomorskich”.

  1. Amber bear figurine found near Słupsk. Mesolithic/Neolithic.
  2. A decorated object carved from deer antlers, called magic staff, found in the Odra river in Szczecin-Podjuchy. Mesolithic. [closeup]
  3. Gold armlet found in Letnino, Pyrzyce County [powiat pyrzycki]. Bronze Age, c. 950-750 BC.
  4. Various bronze treasuries found in Karkowo. Bronze Age, c. 750-450/400 BC.
  5. Bronze necklaces from the Karkowo treasures. Bronze Age, c. 750-450/400 BC.
  6. Silver fibulaes, gilded, found in Świelino. 5th century AD.
  7. Silver dercorative objects from Piaski-Dramino. Early Middle Ages, c. 950 AD.

[photographs: G. Solecki]

Archaeologists study the village of Scandinavian settlers in Suchań

Archaeologists from the University of Warsaw and the National Museum in Szczecin began the second season of excavations in Suchań, Western Pomerania. This is the place where settlers from Bornholm arrived 1500 years ago.

Excavations covered the central part of the settlement, in the region of the strongest anomalies geophysical surveys had shown. Therefore, archaeologists hope for discoveries in the form of ancient architecture - half-dugouts.

The site was found accidentally in 2006. The discoverer saw treasure on the surface in the form of bracteates - thin, single-sided coins, metal pendants and a ring. Read more.


Some of the Early Iron Age decorations discovered in Poland, attributed to the Pomeranian culture [x] [x] [x]

Bronze breastplates are among the most valuable artefacts of the Pomeranian culture. The beautiful, unique ornaments, possibly endowed with some special meaning, were  most often found in Eastern Pomerania and Wielkopolska. The best preserved specimens, presented at the Poznań Archaeological Museum, include breastplates from Mrowino, Poznań powiat, and Podróżna, Złotów powiat [read more]