Official launch of the EuroWeb Digital Atlas of European Textile Heritage

We cordially invite you to join us for the official launch of the EuroWeb Digital Atlas of European Textile Heritage, which represents one of the primary outcomes of the COST Action CA 191931 ‘Europe through Textiles: Network for an Integrated and Interdisciplinary Humanities’ hosted at the Faculty of Archaeology UW.

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Meeting on legalizing stay in Poland

Welcome Point UW invites you to a meeting on legalizing your stay in Poland, dedicated to foreign students and doctoral students of the UW.

  • Legalization of stay in Poland (visa, temporary and permanent residence permit);
  • The procedure for applying for a residence permit;
  • Polish origins and rights of the holders of the Card of the Pole;
  • Special solutions for foreigners caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Meetings will be held on the Main Campus:

  • in Polish: Monday 22 May from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • in English: Thursday 25 May from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Registration via forms:

  • Meeting in Polish the application deadline is Wednesday 17th May, 11.00 am
  • Meeting in English the application deadline is Sunday 21st May, 11.00 pm

If you have any questions, please write to:

Lecture by Prof. François-Xavier Fauvelle

We cordially invite you to a lecture by Prof. François-Xavier Fauvelle (Collège de France in Paris). Lecture “Cultural Diversity, Ecological Thresholds, and the African Middle Ages” will take place on April 3, 2023 (Monday), at 17:00 in the Column Hall of the Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw. In addition, there will be a discussion about the book “Penser l’Histoire de l’Afrique”.


Africa is a surprisingly diverse continent in terms of cultures, as is illustrated by the diversity in languages, traditional systems of social organization, political systems, techniques, or traditional food production economies. Why is it so? What can we make of this diversity in terms of history? A closer look into the history of several regions of Africa suggests that this diversity is a social response to the environmental diversity of the African continent: in Africa probably more than elsewhere, societies had to adjust to very constraining milieus and to find new opportunities in them. It is thus interesting to observe that many African polities in the Middle Ages had their capital on ecological thresholds. Based on documented examples from the Horn of Africa (the sultanate of Ifât), West Africa (the kingdoms of Ghâna and Mâli) and East Africa, it is suggested that such environments worked as places of both ethnic differentiation and commercial interfaces with the broader medieval world.

Bio François-Xavier Fauvelle

François-Xavier Fauvelle is the Professor of Ancient African History and Archaeology at the Collège de France in Paris. A former director of several research institutions in France and abroad, he organized and hosted the biennial meeting of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists in 2016. He was the coordinator of several research programs in Africa, mainly in Ethiopia and in Morocco. He is the author or editor of around 20 books and the author or coauthor of around 150 academic articles. His book The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages, originally published in French in 2013, received the main French award for academic history books; it was published in Polish (Złoty nosorożec : dzieje średniowiecznej Afryki, Dialog, 2018). He recently published Penser l’histoire de l’Afrique (2022) et Les Masques et la mosquée : l’empire du Mâli (2022).

Lecture by Mr. Aleksander Schwartz, an expert of the Rabbinical Commission for Cemeteries

We cordially invite you to a lecture by Mr. Aleksander Schwartz, an expert of the Rabbinical Commission for Cemeteries, a specialist in Jewish law in the field of cemeteries and burials.

Lecture “Practical application of Jewish law in research on cemeteries and burial grounds of Holocaust victims” will take place on February 27, 2023 (Monday), at 1:15 pm, room 2.10 (first floor), in the building of the Faculty of Archeology of the University of Warsaw at Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28.

Students who want to do archaeological excavation practice at the Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw are required to attend the lecture.

The XXVII Archaeological Festival in Biskupin

The XXVII Archaeological Festival in Biskupin is fast approaching.

Every year, we will be present at the Festival, and our students will perform shows and talk about the past.

This year’s Archaeological Festival refers to the slogan “Mother Nature” and will take place on September 14-18, 2022. The organizers, apart from the traditional sightseeing, according to the chronology of the reconstructions located in the Park, proposed 5 educational paths, the content of which is directly related to the theme of the Festival.

More information can be found at

We invite you to participate in this unique event!

The Archeo-oriental Seminar – lecture of dr. Karel Innemée

We have the pleasure invite you to the archeo-oriental seminar on which dr. Karel Innemée (Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam) will give a lecture on “The non-verbal communication of costumes of authority”.
The lecture will be held on Monday (May 30) at 11:30 AM.

Link to the Zoom Meeting:

“Costumes of wordly and religious leaders have multiple layers of meaning. Firstly, there is the aspect of ‘dress to impress’, often by making the person look larger than others. Secondly, there are ways of ‘reading’ the costume and its details. For the outsider it will be clear that he/she is dealing with a king, queen or bishop, but the insiders will be able to distinguish more details, hidden in attributes and decorations. How far are we, as researchers, able to go into this non-verbal language of costumes of authority? A case study from Nubia as a foretaste of a new research project.”

Dr hab. Dobrochna Zielińska at the Archaeo-Oriental Seminar

We invite you on Monday (09 May) at 11:30 AM to the Archaeo-Oriental Seminar, where dr hab. Dobrochna Zielińska (from the Faculty of Archaeology) will give a lecture on “Nubian Authorities in Painted Church Decoration”.
Monumental representations of Nubian authorities are one of the most characteristic features of Nubian art. This tradition has been also continued in Medieval Nubia and portrait representations of most important figures for the kingdom of Makuria became part of the iconographical programme in Nubian churches. This presentation will be an overview of monuments where such representations are preserved. Also places in the sacral interiors where these portraits were located will be discussed, as well as character of these representations. The state of research on this topic will be presented, as well as the analysis that initiated a new project developed at the University of Warsaw.