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date: 12 December 2019


  • Sara Champion


Site in Poland, near Gniezno, c. 230 km west of Warsaw. It was originally on an island, but is now part of a peninsula on a lake. An Iron Age fortified settlement at Biskupin flourished from the 8th century bc to the 6th. Excavation of the site began in 1933 under the direction of J. Kostrzewski and continued until the outbreak of World War II, when much of the documentation and material from the site was destroyed, the excavation team dispersed and the site filled in. After the war excavations recommenced, combining new work with attempts to reconstruct the lost records. Finds of material from the Late Upper Palaeolithic (c. 20,000–c. 10,000 bp) and Mesolithic (c. 12,000 bpc. 6500 bc) periods, together with evidence of settlement during the Neolithic (c. 6500–c. 2300 bc) period, Bronze Age (c. 2300–c. 750...

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