Skip to comments.Archaeologists on the trail of a completely preserved, almost 2,000 years old settlement
Posted on 02/15/2019 11:37:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Cultivated fields with bounds, farms, buildings and even roads - archaeologists discovered a completely preserved layout of an ancient settlement from nearly 2,000 years ago in the Tuchola Forest. It is a unique site in Europe, emphasize the authors of the discovery.
The area of the Tuchola Forest on the border of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province and the Pomeranian province is overgrown with a thick forest. It is one of the least-explored areas in terms of archaeology in Poland...
According to the researchers, the relics come from the first centuries of our era...
Archaeologists remind that after hundreds of years, old villages and cemeteries would often disappear without a trace, having been ploughed or built over...
Archaeologists found traces of the settlement thanks to airborne laser scanning (ALS), a method increasingly popular among archaeologists. As part of a project aimed at creating, among other things, a flood control system, the entire area of Poland has been scanned. ALS allows to image terrain very accurately - even when it is overgrown with dense forest, and altitude differences are not visible to the naked eye. This is the case with the Tuchola Forest...
The settlement together with adjacent fields covers over 170 ha. The exact layout of fields, bounds, and even individual meadows are visible. "Images show that that individual fields could have several different owners" - the archaeologist says.
Expert analyses show that rye was grown in the fields. The local inhabitants established arable fields only where there were more fertile loess soils. They did not cultivate on outwash sands. "They simply used +islands+ of better soil, which means that they had advanced knowledge of agriculture" - emphasises Sosnowski.
(Excerpt) Read more at scienceinpoland.pap.pl ...
Did they do a title search?
I'll bet they use extra wide index cards in Poland.
The area was part of West Prussia but was ceded to Poland after WWI as part of the Polish Corridor connecting to the port of Danzig. It was the scene of one of the first battles of WWII when the German Army invaded Poland.
Any pottery that had remained whole through the centuries of back and forth probably got ground to powder under tank treads.
thanx, as usual
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