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Legendary hermit conman’s treasure discovered in Świętokrzyskie Mountains

The Świętokrzyska Exploration Group found a treasure of coins from the 17th and 18th centuries in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains. The coins most likely belonged to the hermit Antoni Jaczewicz. According to legend, the 18th-century preacher made a fortune by convincing the local population of his supernatural healing abilities.

  • Boulder TM 1219 in a wider landscape perspective. Credit: A. Rozwadowski, source: Cambridge Archaeological Journal.

    Polish scientists reinterpret petroglyphs of Toro Muerto

    The geometric patterns, lines and zigzags that accompany the images of dancers (danzantes) carved in the rocks of the Peruvian Toro Muerto are not snakes or lightning bolts, but a record of songs - suggest Polish scientists who analyse rock art from 2,000 years ago.

  • 30.04.2024. Presentation of the largest collection of medieval fabrics in Europe, April 30th in Toruń. The discovery was made during archaeological work in Chełmińskie Przedmieście before the construction of the Camerimage European Film Centre. PAP/Tytus Żmijewski

    Unique collection of 16th-17th century fabrics and shoes discovered at ECF Camerimage construction site

    Archaeologists have discovered a unique collection of fabrics and shoes - mainly from the 16th and 17th centuries - during research at the construction site of the Camerimage film centre in Toruń. The finds include well-preserved silk fabrics, fragments of pleated dresses and a cloth of gold with a floral ornament.

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    After 20 years of EU membership, most Poles more Euro-realists than Euro-enthusiasts

    After 20 years of membership in the EU, Poles are more Euro-realists than Euro-enthusiasts; they see the advantages of the EU, their benefits of being in this community, but they also soberly and often critically look at the EU bureaucracy, says Professor Stanisław Mocek, sociologist and media expert, Rector of Collegium Civitas.

  • A set of selected reed stems from one location, subjected to further mechanical analyses. Credit: Cetwińska et al. 2024, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0/Archaeowieści

    Reed was useful in prehistoric archery

    Polish researchers investigated the potential use of reed in prehistoric archery. Analyses show that reed was well suited for prehistoric archery. A paper on this topic was published in the journal Archaeometry.

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    Detectorist finds 6,000 years old copper axe in forest

    A 6,000-year-old copper axe thought to have been an offering to a deity has been unearthed by a detectorist in forests near Siennica Różana (Lublin Province).

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    Archaeologists studying cooking ware pottery of ancient Nea Paphos say they were more like cracking pots than fine ceramics

    The inhabitants of Nea Paphos, Cyprus, produced their own cooking ware pottery. Potters did not put much time into their production, and they made pots and pans in large quantities. Pottery was made of clay, devoid of decorations, and would often break, according to research by Polish archaeologists.

  • 12.04.2024. Presentation of the laboratory of the Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków. The presentation accompanied a press briefing on the groundbreaking discovery concerning a network of paint cracks (crackleure) in Renaissance paintings made as part of the Grieg project by an international group of scientists, including experts from the Wawel Royal Castle. (jm) PAP/Łukasz Gągulski

    Krakow researchers make ‘groundbreaking discovery’ explaining cracks in Renaissance art

    Detailed information about various networks of paint cracks in paintings was provided by scientists working on the 'Grieg Craquelure' project. During the research, scientists from Krakow were also the first in the world to determine the properties of a paint typical of pre-Renaissance Italian painting - egg tempera.

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    Copper axe ‘oldest ever found’ in Poland, says expert

    An axe from the 4th-3rd millennium BCE, discovered in the Hrubieszów district and associated with the Trypillia culture, is most likely the oldest copper product discovered in Poland, the Lublin Provincial Conservator of Monuments reports.

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    Medieval belt hook found near Kamień Pomorski

    A late medieval belt hook for hanging keys or a purse was found near Kamień Pomorski (West Pomerania). So far, only 15 artefacts of this type have been discovered in Europe.

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Polish researchers investigate causes of long COVID

The lack of antibodies against the nucleocapsid protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus doubled the risk of the so-called long COVID, an inter-university team of Polish scientists found. This discovery, which requires further confirmation, could potentially open new avenues for the prevention and treatment of this disorder.