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Iron Age cemetery unearthed in Poland

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A cemetery dating back to the Late Bronze/Early Iron Ages has been found in northern Poland.

“We studied 151 graves, which contained cremated ashes of the dead. Descendants spared no gifts in the form of pottery for the last journey – we counted more than a thousand vessels” – told PAP Marcin Krzepkowski, head of research.

Cremated remains were usually placed in urns. A common practice observed in the studied cemetery was covering urns with bowls, putting some vessels upside down , or putting them on the side and placing the scoops and cups in large ceramic containers. Grave pit, in addition to an urn and a bowl covering it, usually contained a dozen or so vessels. In a few cases, their number reached 40.

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Story: PAP | Photo: M. Krzepkowski

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