Forester discovers prehistoric artefacts

During his work, a forester from Elbląg, northern Poland, found fragments of unusual pottery vessels scattered in the forest. Research conducted by archaeologists indicates that the artefacts can be initially dated to the end of the Neolithic, the spokesman for the Elbląg Forest District, Jan Piotrowski, told the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

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The forester has reported his findings to the provincial conservator of monuments, who inspected the site in cooperation with archaeologists from the Elbląg Archaeological and Historical Museum and the University of Warsaw.

"The survey research carried out at the beginning of September in the Elbląg Forest District provided a large number of artefacts, which can be initially dated to the end of the Neolithic. The relics include fragments of ceramic vessels, flint flakes, as well as stone tools, including a grinder and a quern," explained Jan Piotrowski.

The findings are most likely related to the activity of the Rzucewo culture community, inhabiting the south-eastern shores of the Baltic Sea in the 3rd and at the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC. The amount and the types of artefacts suggests possible Neolithic settlement on the site. So far, only a few such sites have been discovered in the vast area of Poland, the Kaliningrad District and Lithuania, pointed out Piotrowski.

The archaeologists will carry out further excavations on the site in 2021.