Marea – settlement and cemetery (Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Early Islamic periods)

Person conducting excavation: dr hab. prof. UW Tomasz Derda
Country: Egypt
Site name: Marea
Type of the site: settlement and cemetery (Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Early Islamic periods)
Involved institutions: Institute of Archaeology University of Warsaw, Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology University of Warsaw, Archaeological Museum in Krakow
Description of the research: On the southern shore of Lake Mariout, 45 kilometres west of Alexandria, Polish archaeologists have been excavating for several years the ruins of a large Byzantine city. The city, patiently uncovered structure after structure, was built exactly on the spot of an industrial centre and a harbour which functioned until the third century AD. Traditionally, the place was called Marea, following its (uncertain) identification with the most important urban centre in this part of the Mediterranean before the foundation of Alexandria of which we learn from Herodotus and Thucydides. A great transept basilica built in the end of the fifth century, the second largest church in Egypt (49 x 47 m), is the most magnificent building on the site. Next to the basilica, the archaeologists uncovered two bath complexes, a large house dating to the Late Antique period, warehouses, and latrines. Four massive piers (the longest measuring over 120 metres) extending deep into the lake date to the Roman period; they could serve several ships simultaneously. We know that large production workshops manufacturing pottery on a mass scale, as well as glass workshops, were located nearby. The apse of the basilica was constructed right on a pottery kiln which with its diameter of more than eight metres is one of the largest in Egypt. The kiln was used until the beginning of the third century AD, as indicated by the chronology of the last batch of amphorae prepared for firing which was found under the apse. Our neighbours on the site, archaeologists from France, have discovered on the peninsula a warehouse building functionally connected with the harbour. This structure was in use in the Ptolemaic and Early Roman periods. The remains, dated to the first century BC – beginning of the third century AD point to an intensive industrial exploitation of the area. We are in a region that produced wine on a great scale and exported it in amphorae which were also locally manufactured. The size of the kiln, the proportions of the warehouse, and the sweeping scale of the piers’ construction show that “Marea” was at the same time a remarkable industrial centre and a significant harbour.

Erazm Majewski – Exhibition

Archaeology at the University of Warsaw is celebrating its round 100 (!) birthday this year! We would like to invite you to join us in celebrating our anniversary, starting with an exhibition devoted to the professor with whom that history began.

Erazm Majewski (1858-1922), a chemist and pharmacist by education, industrialist and businessman by profession, was self-taught in the field of archaeology. With his own resources and personal enthusiasm, he gained knowledge of the history of the past, and at the beginning of the 20th century he was honoured with the title of Professor at one of the oldest Polish universities.

Erazm Majewski

We invite you to join us in celebrating the jubilee anniversary of our discipline!

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Department of Classical Tradition in the Visual Arts

Arcadia Romantic Park near Nieborów
Arcadia Romantic Park near Nieborów

Address: 00-927 Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście st. 26/28, Szkoła Główna, phon. 55 22 815, pok. 3.15, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 32, Pałac Tyszkiewiczów-Potockich, phon. 55 21 523, room B14.

Head of department:
prof. Jerzy Miziołek

Eployees:
PhD Jerzy Żelazowski
PhD hab. Hubert Kowalski

‘Let us return to the classics and a veritable renaissance of form and content will ensue.’ These words of a 19th-century thinker could be used as the motto to best describe the Department’s modus operandi; its main aim is to explore all manifestations of the reception of Greek and Roman art—from the late Antique period to the beginning of the 21st century. Being the outcome of a fascination with archaeology and antiquarian studies, they are ubiquitous in the visual culture of subsequent periods: the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the classicism of recent centuries. Detailed studies of the history of classical archaeology and thousands of monuments—both Polish and foreign—from a realm which lies somewhere between archaeology and art history, await in-depth studies and interdisciplinary exploration.

Grants:
Rome and Warsaw: reception of the Antique and artistic education during the Enlightenment period (NPRH2/H11/81/2013)

Reconstruction and display of fragments of the Vasa residences found in the bed of the Vistula river. Regaining national heritage while undertaking interdisciplinary research of the river bed (NPRH/11H 13 0031 82/2015)

Excavations:
Archaeological research: campus of the University of Warsaw
Archaeological research: 517 km of the Vistula River
Archaeological investigation in Italy (Locri, Volterra), in preparation

Department of Relation between Mediterranean World and Barbaricum

Barbarzyńskie naśladownictwo rzymskiej monety, fot. M. Bogacki
A barbaric imitation of a Roman coin, photo by M. Bogacki

Address: 00-927 Warsaw, str. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Szkoła Główna, room 327
tel. +48 22 5522 827

Director:
dr hab. Roksana Chowaniec

Employees:
prof. dr hab. Aleksander Bursche abursche@yahoo.com
dr hab. Roksana Chowaniec roksana.chowaniec@uw.edu.pl
dr Kyrylo Myzgin kvmyzgin@gmail.com
dr Emilia Smagur emilia.smagur@gmail.com
mgr Tomasz Więcek tom.wiecek@yahoo.com
dr Anna Zapolska anna.zapolska@gmail.com

Colaborators:
dr hab. Arkadiusz Dymowski arekdym@yahoo.com
dr Ireneusz Jakubczyk irekjakubczyk@wp.pl
mgr Monika Stobiecka mo.stobiecka@gmail.com

List of currently directed grants by employees of the department:
Grant NCN Maestro, agreement DEC-2011/02/A/HS3/00389 Okres Wędrówek Ludów w dorzeczu Odry i Wisły, years 2012-2018 – prof. dr hab. Aleksander Bursche

Grant MNiSW NPRH, agreement 11H 12 0230 81 Znaleziska monet rzymskich z ziem Polski i historycznie z Polską związanych (FMRPl), years 2012-2018 – prof. dr hab. Aleksander Bursche, www.mpov.uw.edu.pl

Grant NCN i DFG Beethoven realizowany wraz z Niemieckim Instytutem Archeologicznym, agreement DEC-2014/15/G/HS3/04583 Imagines Maiestatis: Monety barbarzyńskie, elity władzy i narodziny Europy, years 2015-2018 – prof. dr hab. Aleksander Bursche www.imagma.eu

Grant NCN OPUS, agreement UMO-2016/21/B/HS3/00026 On the borders of Syracuse. Multidisciplinary studies of the ancient town Akrai/Acrae, south-eastern Sicily, Italy, years 2017-2020 – dr hab. Roksana Chowaniec, www.akrai.uw.edu.pl

Grant MNiSW SPUB, agreement4815/E-343/SPUB/2016/2-1 Baza wykopaliskowa Instytutu Archeologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego w Palazzolo Acreide, Sycylia, Włochy, years 2016-2018 – dr hab. Roksana Chowaniec, www.akrai.uw.edu.pl

Grant MNiSW SPUB, agreement 4815/E-343/SPUB/2018/1 Baza wykopaliskowa Instytutu Archeologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego w Palazzolo Acreide, Sycylia, Włochy, years 2018-2019 – dr hab. Roksana Chowaniec, www.akrai.uw.edu.pl

Grant NCN FUGA, agreement 2015/16/S/HS3/00180 Między morzami: przemiany kulturowe między Bałtykiem a Morzem Czarnym w świetle znalezisk monet rzymskich, years 2015-2018 – dr Kyrylo Myzgin

Grant NCN SONATINA, agreement 2017/24/C/HS3/00120 Nowe spojrzenie na znaleziska złotych monet rzymskich z Indii: ich kontekst i funkcja w pierwszych pięciu wiekach naszej ery, years 2017-2020 – dr Emilia Smagur

Grant NCN OPUS, agreement 2016/23/B/HS3/00173 Użytkowanie monet antycznych w Europie Środkowo-Wschodniej w średniowieczu i w okresie nowożytnym, years 2017-2020 – dr hab. Arkadiusz Dymowski

List of excavation sites
Akrai/Acrae, Palazzolo Acreide, prov. Syracuse, south-eastern Sicily, Italy, greek-Roman town (mid-7th century B.C. – beginning 8th century A.D.)

Jasknia Wisielca, Kroczyce-Okupne, prov. Zawiercie, multicultural settlement and necropolis (Neolithic Period – modern times, the Migration Period deposits (late 4th-beginning 5th century A.D.)

Krosno, prov. Pasłęk, Wielbark culture necropolis (Roman Iron Age)

Suchań, prov. stargardzki, multicultural settlement (Late Bronze Period – Middle Ages, treasure of golden artefacts of Scandinavian origin from the Migration Period (6th century A.D.)

Dr JM Toyne’s Lectures

Dr hab. Miłosz Giersz and Dr. Wiesław Więckowski would like to invite everyone to participate in lectures by Dr J. Marla Toyne from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, U.S.A. They will take place at the Institute of Archeology of the University of Warsaw on 27-30 May 2019.

Details here: JMToyne

Passing classes in photography

The 2019 summer semester archaeological photography classes were passed by students with the following index numbers:

K-10764
373946
352415
402789
394710
402794
366376
397674
401545
402775
402791
391104
402779
K-11306
347001
402785
405306
394973
401868
394313
405340