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Two amphorae dating back to 7th-8th century BCE found during street reconstruction

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Two amphorae, monuments of the Lusatian culture, have been found in Świdnica (Lower Silesia) during work on the reconstruction of Kraszowicka Street. The vessels come from the older phase of the Iron Age, ca. 750 - 650 BCE.

The amphorae were found in a cemetery from the Lusatian culture period, which was discovered in the mid-19th century during the construction of a railway line to Dzierżoniów. Archaeological research in the area began in the early 20th century. 'Several dozen graves were examined at that time. Ash urns and accessories (vessels) with grave offerings were found, including rattle birds, iron pins and knives,’ Magdalena Dzwonkowska from the Municipal Office in Świdnica said. 

Now, Kraszowicka Street is being reconstructed in this place. During the work, archaeologists found further monuments of the Lusatian culture. Two amphorae date back to the earlier phase of the Iron Age, ca. 750–650 BCE. The black vessels are decorated with engraved ornaments in the form of horizontal and diagonal lines.

'The finds and their contents will be subjected to further specialist examination. After the research is completed, they will most likely be exhibited in the Museum of Old Trade in Świdnica,’Dzwonkowska said. (PAP)

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