Archaeologists to begin research of Napoleon’s camp in northern Poland

Archaeological works are set to begin in Kamieniec, northern Poland, after a team of local historians discovered traces of Napoleon Bonaparte’s camp from 1807 there.

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The camp, located near the ruins of the palace in Kamieniec, was discovered by the historical association “Galea” last year. It took many years to find it, as no source provided an accurate location of the camp. The historians discovered 200 artefacts, including a cannonball, musket ammunition, and numerous buttons from the Imperial Guard uniforms.

They delivered the artefacts to the regional museum in Ostróda. Now, after gaining the approval of the chief conservator, archaeological research of the site is set to begin in August. Conducted jointly by the historians and the museum, it is to last for five years.

“We hope that our passion for discoveries combined with scientific knowledge will bear effects,” Sebastian Zieleński from the “Galea” association said. “We hope that in the future, this place will become not only a historical site but also a regional tourist attraction.”

The Finckenstein Palace in Kamieniec became Napoleon’s headquarters during April and May 1807 during his war against the Fourth Coalition. The emperor governed his country from there, issued decrees and received legations. He was joined by Maria Walewska, a Polish noblewoman and Napoleon’s mistress at that time.