Dean’s Hours

Dear Students,
to enable you and your teachers participation in the meetings with representatives of the Polish Accreditation Committee, the Dean allowed the announcement of dean’s hours (classes will be suspended) on February 26 from 11:30 to 13:30 (students may come with a 15-minute delay for the class starting at 13:15).

Dr. Wiesław Więckowski

PKA February 26-27, 2020

Dear Students,
Once again, let me remind you of the PKA (State Accreditation Commission) visit that awaits us on Wednesday and Thursday (February 26 and 27 this year). Meetings will be held according to the following schedule:
– meeting with students of archaeology on February 26 at 11: 30-12: 30 in room 2.10
– meeting with academic teachers conducting archaeology classes on February 26 at 11: 30-12: 30 in room 2.09
– meeting with representatives of the Office for Persons with Disabilities, the Career Office of the University of Warsaw and representatives of the Science Clubs (Koła Naukowe) on February 26 at 12: 30-13: 00 in room 2.10
– meeting with representatives of the Student Government on February 26 at 13: 00-13: 30 in room 2.10

On February 26 and 27, 2020, members of the Commission may visit any class being held on those dates.

dr Wiesław Więckowski

Field Walking Survey

Dear All,
If you need to take part in the Field Walking Survey (check with your study program), please contact me directly.
dr Wiesław Więckowski

Forging Society at Late Bronze Age Mycenae

Person conducting research: Dr Stephanie Aulsebrook
Country: Greece
Site name: Mycenae
Type of the site: settlement and extra-mural cemeteries
Involved institutions: IAUW

Description of the research: This project is focused on Mycenae, the foremost centre on mainland Greece during the Late Bronze Age (17th – 11th C BC) and the relationship between its inhabitants and metals. Metals have a very varied role in prehistoric societies; they can be used for the manufacture of a diverse range of objects including tools, weapons, vessels, jewellery and armour but their comparative rarity and unique properties meant that they also had a significant role in the political economy.

In general, archaeologists have directed their attention towards the latter and that has meant that our understanding of the use of metals in the daily life of the community as a whole is not so well understood. To address this imbalance, my project has three underlying objectives:

1) to ascertain which social practices included metal artefacts and which did not.

2) to investigate access to metals within the community.

3) to reconstruct the typical biographies for different types of metal artefacts and explore atypical situations.

To achieve these aims, the first part of this project involves the creation of a database covering all known metals finds from Mycenae, as far as is possible. Published data will be supplemented by hands-on examination of the material. Once the database is completed, the data will be subjected to a series of qualitative and quantitative analysis, with the production of distribution plans a key priority. This type of holistic approach has not been attempted before and it is envisaged that this methodology ought to provide information concerning the usage of metals across the entirety of the community at Mycenae.

Project financing: SONATA 14 NCN competition

Current progress: the bespoke project database has been designed and is now live. The majority of the data available from the main publications of the site has now been entered and the focus has moved to checking through the annual excavation reports issued by the Archaeological Society at Athens. Here is an example of a catalogue entry:

Example of Entry in Database

Due to the current pandemic, some changes have been made to the project’s schedule as the Mycenae Excavations Archive is currently closed. However, progress is continuing and the project is still on track.


Stephanie Aulsebrook

Stephanie Aulsebrook
PhD Stephanie Aulsebrook


duty hours:
Monday 13:00 – 14:00 (online during inter-semester breaks; please email to make an appointment)

research interests:
Aegean Late Bronze Age, metal artefacts, object biographies

Forging Society at Late Bronze Age Mycenae

Aegean Metalware – Collaboration with Dr Christina Clarke (ANU)


Aulsebrook, S. 2020. Understanding the role of metal within the Late Bronze Age community at Mycenae: challenges and potential approaches. Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 29(2): 237–264.

Aulsebrook, S. 2019. Crisis at the Cult Centre: Evidence from the Megaron Basements, in K. Żebrowska, A. Ulanowska and K. Lewartowski (eds.) Sympozjum Egejskie. Papers in Aegean Archaeology 2. Warsaw: University of Warsaw Press: 111-121.

Aulsebrook, S. 2019. Materialising Mythology: the Cup of Nestor from Shaft Grave IV at Mycenae, in K. Żebrowska, A. Ulanowska and K. Lewartowski (eds.) Sympozjum Egejskie. Papers in Aegean Archaeology 2. Warsaw: University of Warsaw Press: 79-89.

French, E.B. and S. Aulsebrook. 2018. Italy and Mycenae, in M. Bettelli, M. Del Freo and G.J. van Wijngaarden (eds.) Mediterranea Itinera. Studies in Honour of Lucia Vagnetti. Rome: CNR – Istituto di studi sul Mediterraneo antico: 67-76.

Demakopoulou, K. and S. Aulsebrook. 2018. The Gold and Silver Vessels and Other Precious Finds from the Tholos Tomb at Kokla in the Argolid. Annual of the British School at Athens 113: 119-142.

Aulsebrook, S. 2018. Chicken or egg? Rethinking the relationship between the silver and tinned ceramic vessel assemblages. Annual of the British School at Athens 113: 75-118.

Aulsebrook, S. 2018. Rethinking standardisation: the social meanings of Mycenaean metal cups. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 37: 147-163.

Aulsebrook, S. 2017. Repair, recycle or modify? The response to damage and/or obsolescence in Mycenaean metal vessels during the Prepalatial and Palatial Periods and its implications for understanding metal recycling. Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici NS 3: 7-26.

Aulsebrook, S. 2017. Late Bronze Age manipulation of light and colour in metal, in C. Duckworth and A. Sassin (eds.) Colour and Light in Ancient and Medieval Art. London: Routledge: 35-45.

Aulsebrook, S. 2016. Placed with care: interaction with decorated Mycenaean metal vessels, in M. Mina, Y. Papadatos, and S. Triantafyllou (eds.) An Archaeology of Prehistoric Bodies and Embodied Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Proceedings of a conference held 10-12 April 2012, Nicosia, Cyprus. Oxford: Oxbow Books: 71-77.

Aulsebrook, S. 2015. Retrieving capacity data from crushed lead vessels: an example from the House of Lead, Mycenae. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 15.3: 201-211.

Lectures at Institute of History

Dear Students,
I would like to inform about two new classes in the summer semester which you can sign up for. These are classes led by prof. Raz Kletter at the Institute of History:
1) “The Archeology of Israel / Palestine (from Chalcolithic to Iron Ages)” – Wednesday 15:00 – 16:30, room 17 in the IH UW building
2) “The History of Archeology of Israel / Palestine” – Wednesday 16:45 – 18:15, room 17 in the IH UW building.
We invite everyone interested!

PaKA visit

Dear Students,
I would like to inform you that on February 26-27, the Institute will be visited by the PaKA (State Accreditation Commission), which will check the program offer and various issues related to studies in archeology. One of the extremely important elements of this visit is the meeting with students and learning about the student scientific activities.
Therefore, on February 26 most likely at 11:30 (until 12:30) there will be a meeting of a representative of the Commission with all students who will want to come and talk.
at 12:30 (until 13:00) there will be a meeting with representatives of scientific circles (koła naukowe) and student associations, among others, and at 13:00 (until 13:30) meeting with the student council.
The representatives of the Commission may also visit any class held on Wednesday and Thursday.
I cordially invite you to participate in each of the above.
More information soon.
Dr Wiesław Więckowski

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