Department of Aegean and Textile Archaeology

Didactical study tour in Greece – Mycenae’ 2017, photo A. Łaszcz
Didactical study tour in Greece – Mycenae’ 2017, photo A. Łaszcz

Kazimierz Lewartowski is interested first of all in Mycenaean civilization, Bronze Age and Classical burial habits, and memory of the Bronze Age in the Classical Greece.

Małgorzata Siennicka’s research interests focus on the Bronze Age Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, and more specifically on early balance weights and metrology, small finds, textile production, craftsmanship, settlements and architecture. In her PhD thesis (“OIKIΣMOΣ. Spatial and Social Organisation of Late Helladic III Mycenae and Contemporary Settlements in the Argolid” (2010, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw) she studied the Mycenaean settlements in the Argolid in Greece. 2013-2017 she was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the Centre for Textile Research at the University of Copenhagen with the project “Greek Textile Tools. Continuity and changes in textile production in Early Bronze Age Greece” (PIEF-GA-2012-329910 Marie Curie Actions Intra-European Fellowship FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF). While in Copenhagen, she managed an international research project “First Textiles”. She joined a number of excavation projects in Greece, Russia and Poland. She has gained substantial teaching experience at the University of Warsaw and University of Copenhagen, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. 2017-2020 she is an ERC Associate at the University of Göttingen in the ERC Consolidator Project “WEIGHTANDVALUE. Weight metrology and its economic and social impact on Bronze Age Europe, West and South Asia” (ERC-CoG-2014 – ERC Consolidator Grant, Project ID: 648055) with the project “Uncanonical weights and metal ingots from the Aegean and Cyprus in the Bronze Age”.

Dr Agata Ulanowska, an Assistant Professor.
Her research interests focus on the Bronze Age Aegean, specifically on textile production and technology, experimental and experience archaeology, and Aegean seals and sealing practices. She holds a PhD in Aegean archaeology from the University of Warsaw. Since 2013, she has continued a pioneering and innovative project, in which the process of gaining hands-on experience in textile techniques from the Aegean Bronze Age is documented, assessed and monitored. The collected records make it possible to compare the work and experience of modern actors, e.g. students and scholars, in an objective manner, and to draw conclusions about the tacit dimensions of textile work, such as kinaesthetics, efficiency, experienced level of difficulty, or attention required at consecutive operational sequences of textile making. She was awarded with two grants of the National Science Centre in Poland for the research project investigating weaving techniques in the Aegean Bronze Age (2015–2017) and the ongoing project investigating relations between textile production and seals and sealing practices in the Aegean Bronze Age (2018–2021)

Dr Stephanie Aulsebrook, an Assistant Professor.

Her project, Forging Society at Late Bronze Age Mycenae, focuses on the role of metal at Mycenae, the leading centre of the Late Bronze Age Mycenaean Greek mainland. Metals have a wide range of uses, with their importance within the political economy garnering the majority of scholarly attention. Yet metals are also a fundamental part of everyday life in a Mycenaean community and this project is designed to develop and apply innovative approaches to investigate this relatively understudied aspect of their role. This work is financed by a grant from the Polish National Science Centre. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2013, has held a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh and has contributed to the Well Built Mycenae project.

Research in Greece – The Polish Archaeological Institute at Athens


Agata Ulanowska

2018 –Textiles and Seals. Relations between Textile Production and Seals and Sealing Practices in Bronze Age Greece
research project at the Institute of Archaeology UW, financed by the programme SONATA 13 of the National Science Centre in Poland (UMO-2017/26/D/HS3/00145, 637 052 PLN)

2015 – 2017 Textile Production in Bronze Age Greece – Comparative Studies of the Aegean Weaving Techniques
Post-doctoral internship of The National Science Centre in Poland to the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre for Research on Ancient Technologies in Łódź (UMO-2015/16/S/HS3/00085, 300 000 PLN)

Stephanie Aulsebrook

2019 – 2022 Forging Society at Late Bronze Age Mycenae: the Relationships between People and Metals.
Research project at the Institute of Archaeology UW, financed by the programme SONATA 14 of the National Science Centre in Poland (UMO-2018/31/D/HS3/02231, 736,310 PLN)

Katarzyna Żebrowska

2017-2019 “Sicilian Textile Tools from the Bronze Age: Examination of Finds and Comparative Studies on Their Functionality”
Research project (ref. nr 2016/21/N/HS3/02926) financed by PRELUDIUM 11 program of the National Science Centre, Poland

Adam Cieśliński

PhD Adam Cieśliński


duty hours:
Online duty by appointment by e-mail.

research interests:
archeology of the Roman and Migration periods, barbarians and Romans, Wielbark culture, Archive’s archeology, GIS in archeology


From 1999 till today: Faculty (former Institute) of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw (now employed as an assistant professor). In 2011-2013, academic leave at the University of Warsaw in order to take part in a Alexander von Humboldt scholarship. At that time a guest researcher (Gastwissenschaftler) in the Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie in Schleswig.
Since 2017 head of the Zakład Archeologii Europy Starożytnej (Department of Archaeology of the Ancient Europe) on the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw. Since 2021 head of the Katedra Archeologii Barbaricum i Provincji Rzymskich (Department of Archaeology of the Barbaricum and Roman Provinces) on the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Warsaw.

1. Scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung – Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers (July, 2010), Bonn, Germany.
2. The scientific scholarship of the Rector of the University of Warsaw for the academic years 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2016/2017, Warsaw.
3. Scholarship of the Foundation for Polish Science (November-December, 2002), Warsaw.
4. Scholarship of the Herder-Institut in Marburg (March, 2002), Marburg, Germany.
5. Scholarship Rotary International for an annual academic activeness (Romano-Germanic Commission of the German Archaeological Institute, Frankfurt/Main) and study on the Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main and the Phillips University, Marburg (September, 1998 – August, 1999), Germany.

1. Correspondence member of the German Archaeological Institute, Berlin (since 2016).
2. Member of the Kommission zur Erforschung von Sammlungen Archäologischer Funde und Unterlagen aus dem nordöstlichen Mitteleuropa, Berlin-Frankfurt/Main (since 2015).
3. Member of the academic association AG Römische Kaiserzeit im Barbaricum, Schleswig (since 2014).
4. Member of the steering committee of the international academic association: International Sachsensymposion. Archäologie der Sachsen und ihrer Nachbarvölker in Nordwesteuropa (International Sachsensymposion. Research network for the archaeological study of the Saxons and their neighbouring peoples in northwestern Europe), Brussels (since 2012).
5. Member of the Societas Humboldtiana Polonorum, Cracow (since 2011).
6. President of the Scientific Council of the Museum of Mazovian Ancient Metallurgy in Pruszków (2009-2010).
7. Vice-president of the Foundation Monumenta Archaeologica Barbarica, Warsaw (since 2006.)
8. Expert of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for the programme “Protection of archaeological monuments” (National Heritage Board of Poland) (2018).

1. Principal-investigator in a NSC grant no 2017/01/X/HS3/00275 ‘Contact – Migration – Acculturation. The borderland of the Przeworsk and Wielbark cultures in North-Eastern Poland in light of archival sources and new discoveries’.
2. Co-investigator in a NSC grant no 11H 11 018680 ‘Past Societies. Polish lands from the first evidence of human presence to the Early Middle Ages’; the programme of the Minister of Science and Higher Education: ‘National Programme for the Development of the Humanities’.
3. Project manager and co-investigator of the SCSR/NSC grant no NN109 206540 ‘Studies on the cemeteries from the central European Barbaricum IV’.

Organization of nine scientific conferences, e.g.:
1. Jahrestagung der Kommission zur Erforschung von Sammlungen archäologischer Funde und Unterlagen im nordöstlichen Mitteleuropa (KAFU), Warsaw, June, 21–24, 2018.
2. 10 Jahre Stiftung Monumenta Archaeologica Barbarica, Warsaw, January 26, 2017.
3. Interacting Barbarians. Contacts, Exchange and Migrations in the First Millennium AD, 65. International Sachsensymposion, Warsaw, September 13-17, 2014.

1. Nowy Łowicz, Drawsko Pomorskie district: a cemetery of the Lusatian and Wielbark cultures, settlement of the Lusatian culture; in cooperation with the Museum in Koszalin (2000-2018, with A. Kasprzak).
2. Piotrowicze near Brest (Belarus) – a Wielbark culture cemetery; in collaboration with the Belarussian National Academy of Sciences (September, 2001, with V. Belavec).
3. Lubieszewo, Gryfice district: the ‘princely’ barrow of the Wielbark culture and a settlement of the Lusatian culture; in collaboration with the Institut für Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie der Universität Bonn (September‒October, 2006, with J. Schuster).

1. Monumenta Archaeologica Barbarica, Warsaw (since 2018). ISSN 1426-3998.
2. Światowit Supplement Series B: Barbaricum, Warsaw (since 2017). ISSN 1231-1499.

1. Agnieszka Jarzec, Krosno stan. 1. Nekropola kultury wielbarskiej z obszaru starożytnej delty Wisły. Materiały z badań w latach 1980-2010, Światowit Supplement Series B: Barbaricum 12, Warszawa 2018. ISSN 1231-1499.
2. J. Andrzejowski, C. von Carnap-Bornheim, A. Cieśliński, A. Kontny (eds), ORBIS BARBARORUM. STUDIA AD ARCHAEOLOGIAM GERMANORUM ET BALTORUM TEMPORIBUS IMPERII ROMANI PERTINENTIA ADALBERTO NOWAKOWSKI DEDICATA, Monumenta Archaeologica Barbarica, Series Gemina VI, Warszawa-Schleswig 2017. ISBN 978-83-61367-19-4.
3. B. Kontny, A. Cieśliński, A. Chilińska-Früboes, A. Juga-Szymańska, A. Maciałowicz, I. Szter (eds), Jerzy Okulicz-Kozaryn in memoriam, Światowit Supplement Series B: Barbaricum 11, Warszawa 2015. ISSN 1231-1499.
4. A. Cieśliński, B. Kontny (eds), Interacting Barbarians. Contacts, Exchange and Migrations in the First Millennium AD, Warszawa 2014. ISBN 978-83-61376-14-9.
5. W. Nowakowski, J. Borkowski, A. Cieśliński, A. Kasprzak (eds), Goci i ich sąsiedzi na Pomorzu, Studia Archaeologica Pomeranica II, Koszalin 2006. ISBN 83-7364-330-3.

Anna Zapolska

dr Anna Zapolska
dr Anna Zapolska


duty hours:
room 327

research interests:
Since 2007 is a researcher at the University of Warsaw. She completed a Ph.D. grant entitled “Finds of Roman coins from the West Balt’s culture circle”. She was engaged in several other projects led by Prof. Aleksander Bursche, i.e. “The Migration Period between the Oder and the Vistula”, “Finds of Roman coins from Poland” or “IMAGMA – Imagines Maiestatis. The barbarian coins, the elites and the birth of Europe” and “Silvers of Antiquity – the use of Roman coins in the Early Middle Ages and Modern Times”. Currently she is realising the project “Die Gräber mit den römischen Münzen aus dem Gräberfeld in ehem. Grebieten (Samland)“ supported by Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie in Schleswig. Her interests focus on antique numismatic, coin finds, coin in archaeological contexts, late Roman and Early Byzantine solidi imitations, the coinage of Barbarian kingdoms established on the ruins of the Roman Empire. She is also interested in the contacts between the Barbarians and the Roman world especially during the late Roman period and the twilight of the Roman Empire.

Currently, she is working on the archaeological and archival materials from the cemetery of former Grebieten (Sambian Peninsula), which were re-found in the Museum für Vor- and Frühgeschichte in Berlin after the world war II.

Anna Zapolska bibliografia