Kalisz - Zawodzie, Poland: archaeological reserve with a reconstructed Slavic settlement.
The earliest existence of Kalisz (Calisia/Calissia) settlement was noted in the 2nd century BC by Claudius Ptolemy in his ‘Introduction to Geography’. The nearby section of the Prosna river was used for centuries as a part of the Amber Road, led to the Baltic coast. Prosna valley, located in southern Wielkopolska (Greater Poland) region, was intensively settled for centuries before Christianization (archaeological finds deduct a lot of overpopulated areas with extensive burial sites). The reconstructed Slavic gord (fortified settlement) was built in the 9th century and was functioning until 1233, becoming an important center of the Piasts’ authority.
// In Polish: do obejrzenia film edukacyjny “Calisią w przeszłość” [część 1] [część 2], do przeczytania: K.Dąbrowski, W.Stopiński, E.Stupnicka “Początki i rozwój grodziska na Zawodziu w Kaliszu(…)”, K.Dąbrowski: “Badania terenowe stacji archeologicznej IHKM w Kaliszu w 1958 roku”, I.Dąbrowska “Badania wykopaliskowe na Zawodziu w Kaliszu w 1963 roku”