Archeologists will resume research of the Grunwald battlefield

Archaeologists will resume research of the Grunwald battlefield

Several dozen detectors will take part in international archaeological research to be held in September on the Grunwald Fields. The search, which is being conducted for the fourth year in a row, is aimed at precisely locating the site of the battle of 1410.

As the director of the Grunwald Battle Museum Szymon Drej told PAP, this year’s research will take place from September 9-16. In addition to archaeologists, 50 prospectors from Denmark, Norway, England and Poland will participate, equipped with metal detectors.

Conducted since 2014. The international search is expected to clarify exactly where the great battle took place, in which theorej the Polish-Lithuanian army defeated the Teutonic Order. Researchers want to verify the hypotheses that the actual site of the head of theoof the clash was the area to the eastod and south of the village of Grunwald, and not – as previously accepted in Polish historiography – to the eastod and south of Stebark.

– This year we will explore the area to the east of the Grunwald Chapel. We hope that, as in previous years, this is where we can find a large concentration of monumentsoin the movable from July 15, 1410. – Drej said. As he pointed out, valuable information for researchers is roalso no artifactoIn the case of the battle, this is because it allows the elimination of places in which theor which no battles were fought.

In previous research seasons, more than 750 historical objects were foundoThe archaeological finds include numerous arrowheads and crossbow bolts, fragments of armaments, spurs, fittings of medieval beltsow, coins and a Teutonic zapon with an inscription "Ave Maria", used to fasten the cloak. The most interesting artifacts found can be viewed in the showcases of the Grunwald museum.

According to the museum’soin the results of the work carried out in the previous three seasons showed that the battle was fought in a larger than previously assumed and dispersed area. They have also confirmed the location of a former Teutonic camp, whichory was located in a place in whichorym later, at the behest of Master Henry von Plauen, a battle chapel was erected, consecrated in 1413.

Participants in the annual search at Grunwald hope that someday it will be possible to clarify the roalso other mysteries of one of the greatest battles of medieval Europe. They hope to discover at least a trace of mass gravesoin the fallen knights, which would be a scientific sensation on a global scale.

In the battle 8-10 thousand died. people fighting on both sides. So far, the only sites of burialowkow were found inside and near the ruins of the battle chapel. During archaeological work in the '60s and '80s ub. century encountered there bones of only about. 200 osob. For the most part, these were probably the so-called. wtorne burialowki, as the remains were moved from other locations.

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