Textile technology in Bronze Age Greece. Part I: Raw materials

A new video about textile raw materials in antiquity

Welcome to the new video of Agata Ulanowska about textile raw materials in antiquity. This is the first video in a short series about textile production made for the educational project ‘Artefacts, Creativity, Technology, and Skills from Prehistory to the Classical Period in Greece. Communities of Learning in the Past and in Higher Education Today’ (ACTS), funded by the 4EU+ Alliance and the Erasmus+ programme. Two more videos about about spinning and weaving are coming soon.

Artefacts, Creativity, Technology, and Skills from Prehistory to the Classical Period in Greece – 4EU+ educational project and summer semester courses

We welcome you to join the summer semester courses offered by the new educational project funded by the 4EU+ Alliance, the first archaeological project integrating teachers and students from four 4EU+ Universities: Heidelberg, Charles, Copenhagen and Warsaw. The project is titled ‘Artefacts, Creativity, Technology, and Skills from Prehistory to the Classical Period in Greece. Communities of Learning in the Past and in Higher Education Today’ (ACTS) and it has been designed as a new platform of innovative research-based teaching among the four partner universities: Heidelberg, Charles, Copenhagen and UW.
The recruitment slot for the course offered by the FA UW (Communities of practice: hands-on approach to skills and textile technology in Bronze Age Greece, by A. Ulanowska, hybrid on Mondays, 16.45-18.15 CET) is opened now (24/01-6/02.2022 and 14/02-20/02). The UW students need to enroll via USOS.For the offer and registration links for the courses offered by the Charles and Heidelberg Universities, please see here: https://4euplus.eu/4EU-303.html. The CU has already offered two courses: Ancient Ionia (for description, see: https://is.cuni.cz/studium/eng/predmety/index.php?do=predmet&kod=AKA500090) and Archaeology of production: methods and experience (https://is.cuni.cz/studium/eng/predmety/index.php?do=predmet&kod=AKA500127), registration slot: 07/02/2022 – 04/03/2022. Heidelberg offer will appear soon.The recruitment for the summer school at Athens (24/07-31/07/2022) will start in March or April. Please note that students who wish to apply for the school must prove their participation in other courses offered by the ACTS project.

Kind regards,
ACTS UW Coordinator
Agata Ulanowska

Claudio Berto

Claudio Berto
dr Claudio Berto

e-mail: c.berto@uw.edu.pl

duty hours: Thursday, from 11.30 to 13.30

research interests: Microvertebrate Paleontology, Biochronology, Quaternary Mammals, Pleistocene palaeoecology, Paleoclimate reconstructions, Environmental reconstructions in Palaeolithic sites


Publications in indexed scientific journals

Berto C., Szymanek M., Blain H.-A., Pereswiet-Soltan, A., Krajcarz, M., Kot, M., 2021. Small vertebrate and mollusc community response to the latest Pleistocene-Holocene environment and climate changes in the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (Poland, Central Europe). Quaternary International. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2021.09.010

Kot, M., Gryczewska, N., Szymanek, M., Moskal del-Hoyo, M., Szeliga, M., Berto, C., Wojenka, M., Krajcarz, M., Krajcarz, M.T., Wertz, K., Fedorowicz, S., Jaskulska, E., Pilcicka-Ciura, H., 2021. Bramka Rockshelter: An Early Mesolithic cave site in Polish Jura. Quaternary International. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2021.08.015

Berto, C., Krajcarz, M.T., Moskal-del Hoyo, M., Komar, M., Sinet-Mathiot, V., Zarzecka-Szubińska, K., Krajcarz, M., Szymanek, M., Wertz, K., Marciszak, A., Mętrak, M., Suska-Malawska, M., Wilcke, A., Kot, M., 2021. Environment changes during Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in southern Poland (Central Europe). A multiproxy approach for the MIS 3 sequence of Koziarnia Cave (Kraków-Częstochowa Upland). [accepted manuscript]. J. Archaeol. Sci. Reports 35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102723

López-García, J.M., Cuenca-Bescós, G., Galindo-Pellicena, M.Á., Luzi, E., Berto, C., Lebreton, L., Desclaux, E., 2021. Rodents as indicators of the climatic conditions during the Middle Pleistocene in the southwestern Mediterranean region: implications for the environment in which hominins lived. J. Hum. Evol. 150, 102911. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2020.102911

Berto, C., Nadachowski, A., Pereswiet-Soltan, A., Lemanik, A., Kot, M. , 2020. The Middle Pleistocene small mammals from the lower layers of Tunel Wielki Cave (Kraków-Częstochowa Upland): An Early Toringian assemblage in Poland. Quaternary International, in press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2020.10.023

Moncel, M.H., Santagata, C., Pereira, A., Nomade, S., Voinchet, P., Bahain, J.J., Daujeard, C., Curci, A., Lemorini, C., Hardy, B., Eramo, G., Berto, C., Raynal, J.P., Arzarello, M., Mecozzi, B., Iannucci, A., Sardella, R., 2020. The origin of early Acheulean expansion in Europe 700 ka ago : new findings at Notarchirico ( Italy ). Sci. Rep. 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-68617-8

Baca, M., Popović, D., Baca, K., Lemanik, A., Doan, K., Horáček, I., López-García, J.M., Bañuls-Cardona, S., Pazonyi, P., Desclaux, E., Crégut-Bonnoure, E., Berto, C., Lenardić, J.M., Miękina, B., Murelaga, X., Cuenca-Bescós, G., Krajcarz, M., Marković, Z., Petculescu, A., Wilczyński, J., Knul, M.V., Stewart, J.R., Nadachowski, A., 2020. Diverse responses of common vole (Microtus arvalis) populations to Late Glacial and Early Holocene climate changes – Evidence from ancient DNA. Quat. Sci. Rev. 233, 106239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106239

Berto, C., López-García, J.M., Luzi, E., 2019. Changes in the Late Pleistocene small-mammal distribution in the Italian Peninsula. Quat. Sci. Rev. 225, 106019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.106019

Berto, C., Santaniello, F., Grimaldi, S., 2019. Palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate in the western Liguria region (northwestern Italy) during the Last Glacial. The small mammal sequence of Riparo Mochi (Balzi Rossi, Ventimiglia). Comptes Rendus Palevol 18, 13–23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crpv.2018.04.007

Cheli Cheheb, R.C., Arzarello, M., Arnaud, J., Berto, C., Cáceres, I., Caracausi, S., Colopi, F., Daffara, S., Canini, G.M., Huguet, R., Karambatsou, T., Sala, B., Zambaldi, M., Berruti, G.L.F., 2019. Human behavior and Homo-mammal interactions at the first European peopling: new evidence from the Pirro Nord site (Apricena, Southern Italy). Sci. Nat. 106, 16. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00114-019-1610-4

Kot, M., Gryczewska, N., Berto, C., Wojenka, M., Szeliga, M., Jaskulska, E., Fetner, R., Krajcarz, M., Wertz, K., Zarzecka-Szubińska, K., Krajcarz, M.T., Moskal-del Hoyo, M., Leloch, M., Jakubczak, M., 2019. Thirteen cave sites: settlement patterns in Sąspów Valley, Polish Jura. Antiquity 93, e30. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.155

López-García, J.M., Berto, C., Peresani, M., 2019. Environmental and climatic context of the hominin occurrence in northeastern Italy from the late Middle to Late Pleistocene inferred from small-mammal assemblages. Quat. Sci. Rev. 216, 18–33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.05.025

Moroni, A., Boschian, G., Crezzini, J., Montanari-Canini, G., Marciani, G., Capecchi, G., Arrighi, S., Aureli, D., Berto, C., Freguglia, M., Araujo, A., Scaramucci, S., Hublin, J.J., Lauer, T., Benazzi, S., Parenti, F., Bonato, M., Ricci, S., Talamo, S., Segre, A.G., Boschin, F., Spagnolo, V., 2019. Late Neandertals in central Italy. High-resolution chronicles from Grotta dei Santi (Monte Argentario – Tuscany). Quat. Sci. Rev. 217, 130–151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.11.021

Berto, C., Luzi, E., Canini, G.M., Guerreschi, A., Fontana, F., 2018. Climate and landscape in Italy during Late Epigravettian. The Late Glacial small mammal sequence of Riparo Tagliente (Stallavena di Grezzana, Verona, Italy). Quat. Sci. Rev. 184, 132–142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.07.022

Boschin, F., Boscato, P., Berto, C., Crezzini, J., Ronchitelli, A., 2018. The palaeoecological meaning of macromammal remains from archaeological sites exemplified by the case study of Grotta Paglicci (Upper Palaeolithic, southern Italy). Quat. Res. 90, 470–482. https://doi.org/10.1017/qua.2018.59

Berto, C., Boscato, P., Boschin, F., Luzi, E., Ronchitelli, A., 2017. Paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic context during the Upper Palaeolithic (late Upper Pleistocene) in the Italian Peninsula. The small mammal record from Grotta Paglicci (Rignano Garganico, Foggia, Southern Italy). Quat. Sci. Rev. 168, 30–41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.05.004

Arnaud, J., Peretto, C., Panetta, D., Tripodi, M., Fontana, F., Arzarello, M., Thun Hohenstein, U., Berto, C., Sala, B., Oxilia, G., Salvadori, P.A., Benazzi, S., 2016. A reexamination of the Middle Paleolithic human remains from Riparo Tagliente, Italy. Quat. Int. 425, 437–444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.09.009

Berto, C., Bertè, D., Luzi, E., López-García, J.M., Pereswiet-Soltan, A., Arzarello, M., 2016. Small and large mammals from the Ciota Ciara cave (Borgosesia, Vercelli, Italy): An Isotope Stage 5 assemblage. Comptes Rendus Palevol 15, 669–680. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crpv.2015.05.014

Blain, H.-A., Delfino, M., Berto, C., Arzarello, M., 2016. First record of Pelobates syriacus (Anura, Amphibia) in the early Pleistocene of Italy. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 96, 111–124. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12549-015-0220-1

López-García, J.M.J.M., Luzi, E., Berto, C., Peretto, C., Arzarello, M., 2015. Chronological context of the first hominin occurrence in southern Europe: the Allophaiomys ruffoi (Arvicolinae, Rodentia, Mammalia) from Pirro 13 (Pirro Nord, Apulia, southwestern Italy). Quat. Sci. Rev. 107, 260–266. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.10.029

López-García, J.M., Berto, C., Luzi, E., Dalla Valle, C., Bañuls-Cardona, S., Sala, B., 2015. The genus Iberomys (Chaline, 1972) (Rodentia, Arvicolinae, Mammalia) in the Pleistocene of Italy. Ital. J. Geosci. 134, 162–169. https://doi.org/10.3301/IJG.2014.48

Peretto, C., Arnaud, J., Moggi-Cecchi, J., Nomade, S., Pereira, A., Falguères, C., Bahain, J.-J., Grimaud-Hervé, D., Berto, C., Sala, B., Lembo, G., Muttillo, B., Gallotti, R., Thun Hohenstein, U., Vaccaro, C., Coltorti, M., Arzarello, M., 2015. A Human Deciduous Tooth and New 40Ar / 39Ar Dating Results from the Middle Pleistocene Archaeological Site of Isernia La Pineta, Southern Italy. PLoS One 10, 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0140091

López-García, J. M., Berto, C., Colamussi, V., Dalla Valle, C., Lo Vetro, D., Luzi, E., Malavasi, G., Martini, F., Sala, B., 2014. Palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic reconstruction of the latest Pleistocene–Holocene sequence from Grotta del Romito (Calabria, southern Italy) using the small-mammal assemblages. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 409, 169–179. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.05.017

Berto, C., Rubinato, G., 2013. The upper Pleistocene mammal record from Caverna degli Orsi (San Dorligo della Valle – Dolina, Trieste, Italy): A faunal complex between eastern and western Europe. Quat. Int. 284, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2011.07.025

Arzarello, M., Daffara, S., Berruti, G., Berruto, G., Berté, D., Berto, C., Gambari, F.M., Peretto, C., 2012. The Mousterian Settlement in the Ciota Ciara Cave: the oldest evidence of Homo neanderthalensis in Piedmont (Northern Italy). J. Biol. Res. – Boll. della Soc. Ital. di Biol. Sper. 85, 71–75. https://doi.org/10.4081/jbr.2012.4068

Publications in other scientific journals

Paronuzzi, P., Berto, C., Ghezzo, E., Hohenstein, U.T., Massarenti, A., Reggiani, P., 2018. Nota preliminare sulla sequenza UMG di ex Cava a Filo (Croara, BO): gli aspetti stratigrafico-sedimentari, paleontologici e antropici alla luce delle ultime indagini (2006-2016). Mem. dell’Istituto Ital. di Speleol. II, 131–144.

Berto, C., Luzi, E., Guerreschi, A., Fontana, F., Valletta, F., 2016. Small mammals from Mondeval de Sora (San Vito di Cadore, Belluno): paleoenvironmental differences between early and late Holocene. Preist. Alp. 48, 69–72.

Angelucci, D. E., Arnaud, J., Arzarello, M., Berruti, G. Berruto, G., Berté, D. Berto, C., Buccheri, F., Casini, A., Daffara, S., Luzi, E., López-García, J. M., 2015. Borgosesia, Monte Fenera. L’occupazione musteriana della grotta della Ciota Ciara, nuovi dati dalla campagna di scavo 2014. Quaderni Della Soprintendenza Archeologica Del Piemonte, 400-402.

Daffara, S., Arzarello, M., Berruti, G., Berruto, G., Bertè, D., Berto, C., Casini, A., 2014. The Mousterian lithic assemblage of the Ciota Ciara cave (Piedmont, Northern Italy): exploitation and conditioning of raw materials. Journal of Lithic Studies, 1, 2, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.2218/jls.v1i2.xxx

Arnaud, J., Arzarello, M., Berruti, G., Berruto, G., Bertè, D., Berto, C., Buccheri, F., Daffara, S., Luzi, E., López-García, J. M., Peretto, C., 2014. Borgosesia, Monte Fenera. Grotta della Ciota Ciara. Quaderni Della Soprintendenza Archeologica Del Piemonte, 29, 204–206.

Arzarello, M., Daffara, S., Berruti, G., Berruto, G., Bertè, D., Berto, C., Peretto, C., 2013. Borgosesia, Monte Fenera. L’occupazione musteriana della grotta della Ciota Ciara. Quaderni della Soprintendenza Archeologica del Piemonte, 27, 331-336.

List of published chapters in scientific monographs

Berto, C., 2020. I piccoli mammiferi (Strati N-F). In: Martini, F., Sarti, L. (Eds.), Il Musteriano Di Grotta Del Cavallo Nel Salento (Scavi 1986-2005). Culture e Ambienti. Museo e Istituto Fiorentino di Preistoria “Paolo Graziosi,” Firenze, pp. 75–83.

Sala, B., Berto, C., 2020. I grandi mammiferi (Strati F-N). In: Martini, F., Sarti, L. (Eds.), Il Musteriano Di Grotta Del Cavallo Nel Salento (Scavi 1986-2005). Culture e Ambienti. Museo e Istituto Fiorentino di Preistoria “Paolo Graziosi,” Firenze, pp. 65–74.

Berto, C., 2019. La microfauna, in: Steffè, G., Degasperi, N. (Eds.), Il Villaggio Neolitico Di Lugo Di Romagna Fornace Gattelli. Strutture, Ambiente, Culture. Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria, Firenze, pp. 361–363.

Berto, C., Bon, M., Zampieri, S., 2012. I reperti faunistici provenienti dal sito del Neolitico recente di Botteghino (Parma), in: Atti Del 6° Convegno Nazionale Di Archeozoologia (Orecchiella, 2009). pp. 183–185.

Bon, M., Zampieri, S., Rocco, G., Berto, C., 2012. Analisi archeozoologica degli insediamenti tardomedievali e moderni di San Giacomo in Paludo (VE), in: Atti Del 6° Convegno Nazionale Di Archeozoologia (Orecchiella, 2009). pp. 351–354.



As Principal Investigator


OPUS20: 2020/39/B/HS3/00932. A palaeoecological approach to archaeological sites: The landscape of the human occupation between the late Middle Palaeolithic and Upper Palaeolithic in southern Poland


Miniatura 4: 2020/04/X/ST10/01659. Environment and climate reconstruction in Central Italy between Late Pleistocene and early Holocene. Testing direct radiometric dating method on the small mammal bones from Grotta della Ferrovia


IDUB: 501-D115-20-0004316. Climate and environment during the final Pleistocene to Early Holocene transition. Chronological framework of three archaeological cave sites in the Sąspów Valley

As Participant


Sonata BIS: 2016/22/E/HS3/00486. Settlement of the Sąspów Valley from Palaeolithic up to Modern times- elaboration of the unpublished fieldwork results of prof. Waldemar Chmielewski. Principal Investigator: Dr. Małgorzata Kot

2015 – today: From the Gravettian to the Epigravettian in Southern Italy. Changes in behaviour, technological know-how and symbolism at the cave sites of Paglicci (Rignano Garganico, Apulia) and La Cala (Camerota, Campania). Project founded by several Italian institutions such as MIUR (Italian Ministry for University and Research) and local communities. I am responsible for the small mammal collections study. Principal investigator: Dr. Adriana Moroni (University of Siena).

2015 – 2016 and 2019 – today: Early Evidence of Acheulean bifacial technology in Europe. Project founded by the Leakey Foundation. I am the responsible for the small mammal study of Notarchirico (Middle Pleistocene). Principal investigator: Prof. Marie-Hélène Moncel (MNHN – Paris).


Joanna Wilimowska

dr Joanna Wilimowska

e-mail: j.wilimowska@uw.edu.pl

research interests:

society and economy of Graeco-Roman Egypt
temples and priests in ancient Egypt
Greek and Demotic papyrology
Greek epigraphy


Research articles:

    • „Sacred animal cult workers in the Ptolemaic Fayum”, The Journal of Juristic Papyrology 50 (2020), pp. 263–298.
    • „The epigraphic curve in the Fayum Oasis”, [in:] K. Nawotka (ed.), Epigraphic Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean in Antiquity, London & New York: Routledge 2020, pp. 201–214.
    • (as co-author with: K. Nawotka, N. Carless Unwin, P. Głogowski, D. Grzesik, M. Halamus, P. Komar, J. Porucznik, Ł. Szeląg, A. Wojciechowska), „Conclusions: One or many epigraphic cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean” [in:] K. Nawotka (ed.), Epigraphic Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean in Antiquity, London & New York: Routledge 2020, pp. 215–246.
    • „Priests and support temple staff in the Fayum Oasis in the Ptolemaic period”, Eos. Commentarii Societatis Philologae Polonorum 106 (2019), pp. 131–139.
    • „Benefactions toward temples in the Ptolemaic Fayum”, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 54 (2018), pp. 103–118.
    • „Struktura etniczna Egiptu ptolemejskiego na przykładzie oazy Fajum. Problemy badawcze”, SAMAI: Studia Antiquitatis et Medii Aevi Incohantis 2 (2017), pp. 37–49.
    • „Ethnic diversity in the Ptolemaic Fayum”, Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 56/3 (2016), pp. 287–292.
    • „Astrologia w legendach o Aleksandrze Wielkim”, Nowy Filomata 18/2 (2013), pp. 177–184.

Book Reviews:

    • SAMAI: Studia Antiquitatis et Medii Aevi Incohantis 4 (2019), pp. 192–196: review of K. Vandorpe (ed.), A Companion to Greco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt, Hoboken (NJ): Wiley-Blackwell 2019, 792 pp.
    • SAMAI: Studia Antiquitatis et Medii Aevi Incohantis 2 (2017), pp. 118–122: review of Ch. Fischer-Bovet, Army and Society in Ptolemaic Egypt, Cambridge & Oxford: Cambridge University Press 2014, xxv, 447 pp.
    • Eos. Commentarii Societatis Philologae Polonorum 101/1 (2014), pp. 122–124: review of A. Monson, From the Ptolemies to the Romans. Political and Economic Change in Egypt, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012, xix, 343 pp.

research projects:

2020-2023 (SONATINA 2020/36/C/HS3/00261), principal investigator: Priests and temple personnel in Ptolemaic Egypt. Social and economic aspects financed by the National Science Centre.

2017-2018 (ETIUDA 2017/24/T/HS3/00206), principal investigator: Priests and support temple staff in the Fayum Oasis in the Ptolemaic period financed by the National Science Centre.

Aleksander Dzbyński

prof.  Aleksander Dzbyński

e-mail: a.dzbynski@uw.edu.pl

duty hours: 2021/22 (Fridays 11:30 – 13.00, room 314)

research interests: development of mathematical cognition in prehistory, philosophy, archaeological theory, history of science and technology, archeoturism, cognitive archaeology, Paleolithic, Neolithic, Copper Age, Bronze Age.

Dzbyński, A. (2020): Cinematosophical Introduction to the Theory of Archaeology. Understanding Archaeology Through Cinema, Philosophy, Literature and some Incongruous Extremes. Vernon Press.

Dzbyński, A. (2013): The Power of the Line – Metaphor, Number and Material Culture in Europaean Prehistory. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Dzbyński, A. (2011): Pan Wiórecki i Świat-Maszyna. Człowiek a technologia – od kamienia do komputera. Sorus.

Dzbyński, A. (2008): Ritual and Understanding. Rational Bases of Communication and Exchange in Prehistoric Europe. FROA.

Dzbynski, A. (2004): Metrologische Strukturen in der Kultur mit Schnurkeramik und ihre Bedeutung für die Kulturentwicklung des mitteleuropäischen Raumes. Beiträge zur Ur- und Frühgeschichte Mitteleuropas 39. Beier & Beran.

A cinematosophical approach. Understanding archaeology through cinema, philosophy and literature. Theorie | Archäologie | Reflexion. Kontroversen und Ansätze im deutschsprachigen Diskurs (in press).

Dzbyński, A. (2016): Some remarks on number concept development in the Near East and Europe. Archaeological Dialogues 23 (1) 71-92.

Dzbynski, A. (2015): Some remarks on cognitive impact of metallurgical development in promoting numerical and metrological abstraction in Europe. Documenta Praehistorica XLII: 1-15.

Dzbyński, A. (2014): From Seeberg to Colmar: early mathematical concepts in prehistoric Europe at the interface between material culture, technology and metaphors. Praehistorische Zeitschrift, Band 89 (1): 1-11.

Dzbynski, A. (2011): Mr. Blademan. Macrolithic Technology ― Eneolithic Vocabulary and Metaphors. Documenta Praehistorica XXXVIII, Neolithic Studies 18: 172-184.

Dzbynski, A. (2008): Von Seeberg bis Kelsterbach: ein Beitrag zur Bedeutung des Kupfers im Äneolithikum und in der Bronzezeit Europas. Prähistorische Zeitschrift, Band 83: 36-44.

Debiec, M. & Dzbynski, A. (2007): Die ersten Radiokarbondatierungen aus der Siedlung der linienbandkeramischen Kultur in Zwięczyca, GM. Boguchwała. Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 59: 53-62.

Debiec, M. & Dzbynski, A. (2006): Neue Funde der Doppelschneidigen Geräte aus der linearbandkeramischen Siedlung in Zwięczyca, Gemeinde Boguchwała, Wojewodschaft podkarpackie. Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 58: 223-245.

Debiec. M. & Dzbynski, A. (2006): An Early Neolithic Antropomorphic Figurine from Zwięczyca Site 3, Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Acta Archaeologica Carpatica, T. XLI: 25-29.

Dzbyński, A. (2016): There is nothing but Machines. Digressions from the borderline of prehistory, technology and philosophy. Thinking today IV. The presence of technology. Barbara Skarga Foundation for Thinking: 115-128.

Dębiec, M. & Dzbyński, A. (2010): Human Activity Zones in the Settlement of the Linearbandkeramic Culture in Southeast Poland. In: D. Gheorghiu (ed.) Neolithic and Chalcolithic Archaeology in Eurasia: Building Techniques and Spatial Organisation. Proceedings of the XV World Congress UISPP (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006). BAR S2097: 81-84.

Dzbyński, A. (2010): Das Häuptlingscourt von Vikletice – die soziale Differenzierung in der Schnurkeramik. In: E. Claßen, T. Doppler und B. Ramminger (Hrsg.) Familie – Verwandtschaft – Sozialstrukturen: Sozialarchäologische Forschungen zu neolithischenn Befunden. Fokus Jungsteinzeit. Berichte der AG-Neolithikum 1. Kerpen-Loogh 2010: 1-5.

Dzbyński, A. (2009): Megalithen und Beile. Austausch und Kommunikation in der Kugelamphorenkultur in Polen. In: H-J. Beier, E. Claßen, T. Doppler und B. Ramminger (Hrsg.) Neolithische Monumente und neolithische Gesellschaften. Beiträge der Sitzung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Neolithikum während der Jahrestagung des Nordwestdeutschen Verbandes für Altertumsforschung e. V. in Schleswig, 9. – 10. Oktober 2007. Varia neolithica VI. Langenweißbach 2009: 105-110.

Dzbyński, A. (2009): Metrologische Eigenschaften der endneolithischen Töpfe in Europa. In: P. Stockhammer (red.), Keramik jenseits der Chronologie. Vorträge aus der Tagung des Südwestdeutschen Verbandes der Archäologie in Xanten 2006. Internationale Archäologie, Band 14: 29-38.

Dzbyński, A. (2007): Swiss Neolithic Copper Beads Revisited: Currency, Ornament or Prestige Item? New Evidence of the Metrological Concept in Prehistoric Europe. Analecta Archaeologica Ressoviensia, Tom 2: 1-13.

Dzbynski A. & Dębiec M. (2007): Eine neue Epoche: die ersten Ackerbauern in Südostpolen und in der Westukraine (6.-5. Jt. v.u.Z.). Frühzeit Ostmitteleuropas. In: M. Dębiec & M. Wołoszyn (Hrsg.) Das polnisch-ukrainische Grenzgebiet aus archäologischer Perspektive. Mitel: Rzeszów: 53-65.

Debiec, M., Dzbynski, A. & Pelisiak, A. (2006): Drugi sezon badań wykopaliskowych na stanowisku 3 w Zwięczycy, gm. Boguchwała [Die zweite Grabungskampagne in der Fundstelle Zwieczyca]. Materiały i Sprawozdania Rzeszowskiego Ośrodka Archeologicznego 27: 56-67.

Dzbynski, A. (2006): Die Größe zählt. Über einigen metrischen Eigenschaften der schnurkeramischen Amphoren aus Böhmen. Analecta Achaeologica Ressoviensia 1: 87-99.

Debiec. M., Dzbynski, A. & Pelisiak, A. (2005): Terytorium eksploatowane przez osadę KCWR w Zwięczycy na tle podobnych badań w innych regionach (Territory Exploited by LBK Settlement in Zwieczyca Against Background of Similar Research in other Regions. In: Archeologia Kotliny Sandomierskiej. Rocznik Muzeum Regionalnego w Stalowej Woli 4: 215-228.

Dzbynski, A. (2004): Was sind die Gefäßvolumina in der Kultur mit Schnurkeramik in Böhmen?. In: Spatial analysis of funerary areas. Proceedings from the session held at the 8th Annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Thessaloniki, red. Smejda L. und Turek J. (Plzeň): 15-20.

Dzbynski, A. (2004): Metrologie der Kultur mit Schnurkeramik in Mitteldeutschland. Zeitschrift für Mitteldeutsche Vorgeschichte 88: 137-148.

Dzbynski, A. & Wiermann, R. (2002): Von Alten, Äxten und Amphoren. Praehistorica XXV/XXVI: 205 – 226.

Dzbynski, A. (2015): Weight, Value, and Money. A contribution to the issue of weight standards of the Bronze Age Europe. http://www.archaeologie.uzh.ch/de/prehist/forschung/online.html

Dzbynski, A. (2005): The new metrological phenomenon in Neolithic Europe. Le Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française. http://www.prehistoire.org/visiteurs/fr/Dzbynski.pdf

Dzbynski, A. (2007): J. Nowakowski, A. Prinke and W. Rączkowski (Hrsg.), Biskupin…i co dalej? Zdjęcia lotnicze w polskiej archeologii [Biskupin… und was danach? Luftbilder in der polnischen Archäologie] Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 59, 567-574.

Dzbynski, A. (2006): J. Müller und J. Czebreszuk (Hrsg.), Bruszczewo. Ausgrabungen und Forschungen in einer prähistorischen Siedlungskammer Grosspolens. Teil I, Forschungsstand – Erste Ergebnisse – Das östliche Feuchtbodenareal, Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 58, 573-581.

Dzbynski, A. (2004): “Initiative Krems 2001” in Igołomia bei Krakau. Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 56, 547 – 550.

research grants:
Research grant AZ 13/EU/12: Copper Beads, Value Standards, and Mathematics. Technology as a factor of cognitive development and foundations of mathematical thought in Prehistoric Europe. Marie-Curie M4HUMAN post-doc fellowship (senior researcher and principal investigator) founded by Gerda Henkel Foundation (2013 – 2015) at the Zurich University.

Individual research grant R-113/04 founded by Cogito Foundation for the project Roots of Civilization. Studies in libraries and material surveys in Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Poland.

Scholarships of the Freie Akademische Gesellschaft der Universität Basel, Stiftung für Philosophische und Theologische Studien, Bremer Stiftung für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie. Material surveys in collaboration with archaeological institutions in Czech Republic (Prehistoric Department of the Charles University in Prag, National Museum in Prag), Germany (Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte in Halle) and Poland (Polish Academy of Sciences) in the years 2002 to 2004.

Department of Medieval and Early Modern Archeology


Direction: Faculty of Archeology, 00-927 Warsaw, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, ‘Main School’, rooms: 0.36, 3.13, j 3.21, 3.21a.

Tomasz Nowakiewicz, habilitated doctor

Karolina Blusiewicz, PhD, lecturer
Dariusz Błaszczyk, PhD, lecturer
Tomasz Nowakiewicz, habilitated doctor, lecturer
Michał Starski, PhD, lecturer
Marek Truszkowski, MA, technical assistent
Sławomir Wadyl, PhD, assistant
Wojciech Wróblewski, PhD, lecturer

PhD Candidates:
Maciej Miścicki, MA
Marek Truszkowski, MA

Retired employees:
professor Andrzej Buko
professor of UW Joanna Kalaga
professor Jerzy Kruppé
Martyna Milewska, MA

About the Department:

The Department was created from the fusion of two departments of the former Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw: the Department of Early Medieval Archaeology and the Department of Late Medieval and Modern Era Archaeology. The areas of interest of the staff fall within the broad spectrum of problems relevant to these periods (i.e. early and late Middle Ages and modern times), along with their specificity and scientific workshop. The subject of research are various aspects of the material and spiritual culture of those times, reconstructed on the basis of archaeological sources, obtained, among others as a result of own field works, carried out mainly in the area of northern and north-eastern Poland (within the borders of early medieval Pomerania and the Prussian-Yotvingian lands and the medieval monastic state in Teutonic Prussia). They are complemented by various research projects undertaken in Mazovia, Podlachia and abroad. In-office studies, supported by a rich collection of archival artefacts stored at the Faculty of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw (e.g. from Chojnice, Ciechanów, Frombork, Gdańsk, Lębork, Rawa Mazowiecka, Sąsiadka, Wiślica), go far beyond the indicated geographic scope.

The main research topics of the Department’s employees focus on:
• the formation and disappearance of early medieval tribal structures in Prussia, Yotvingian lands and Pomerania, the material and spiritual culture of those communities inhabiting these lands and their relations with the inhabitants of neighbouring areas;
• comprehensive studies of various categories of finds representative of medieval towns and castle complexes (including ceramics, glass, wooden and leather finds);
• archaeological and architectural research;
• the use of isotope analyses in archaeology to determine the chronology of finds (radiocarbon dating), diet (stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur), origin and migration (stable isotopes of strontium and oxygen), as well as DNA analyses;
• archival archaeology and reconstruction of collections lost and dispersed as a result of World War II, from former museum collections from Polish lands (within the borders of the Second and Third Republic of Poland) and related to Poland.

In carrying out their research, the staff of the department cooperate with representatives of other scientific and museum centres in Poland, as well as with researchers from Belarus, Czechia, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Russia and Ukraine.

The sites excavated by the staff of the department:

  • Błonie, Masovian voivodeship, medieval chartered town (town plots; K. Blusiewicz)

  • Ciepłe, Pomeranian voivodeship, early medieval cemetery (S. Wadyl)

  • Czaszkowo (former Lake Nidajno), Warmian and Mazurian voivodeship, sacrificial place from late antiquity (in cooperation with the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Science; T. Nowakiewicz)

  • Człuchów, Pomeranian voivodeship, Teutonic and gubernator’s castle (M. Starski, K. Blusiewicz)

  • Debrzno, Pomeranian voivodeship, medieval town and defensive walls (M. Miścicki, M. Truszkowski)

  • Obłęże, Pomeranian voivodeship, early medieval barrow cemetery and stronghold (in cooperation with the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń; S. Wadyl)

  • Pasym, Warmian and Mazurian voivodeship, early medieval stronghold (S. Wadyl)

  • Puck, Pomeranian voivodeship, medieval chartered town (town plots, church graveyard; M. Starski, K. Blusiewicz)

  • Skarszewy, Pomeranian voivodeship, medieval chartered town (town plots, fortifications; M. Starski, K. Blusiewicz)

  • Szczeberka (vicinity), Podlachia voivodeship, a complex of early medieval cemeteries on the Szczeberka River (in cooperation with the Terra Desolata Foundation; T. Nowakiewicz)

  • Shestovitsa, Chernihiv region, Ukraine, early medieval barrow cemetery (in cooperation with the Taras Shevchenko Chernihiv National Pedagogical University; D. Błaszczyk, V. Skorokhod)

Grants carried out by department staff (projects in which staff performed leading functions)

Dariusz Błaszczyk PhD

  • Locals or foreigners? Burials in chamber graves in Poland in the early Middle Ages (National Science Centre Fuga 2 grant), grant completed.

Maciej Miścicki MA

  • Barrels as a source for research on the provenance of wooden products from the territory of the state of the Teutonic Order. Production techniques – specialized analyzes – long-distance trade (National Science Centre Preludium 14 grant), grant in progress.

Tomasz Nowakiewicz habilitated doctor

  • Ostbalticum project (co-coordinator of the framework project of the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport), project in progress;

  • Conservation, compile, analysis and publication of finds from water deposits from Nidajno and former Herrn-See lakes (the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport/the National Institute of Cultural Heritage grant), grant completed;

  • Non-invasive prospection of the former cult place in Lake Nidajno in Masuria: extent, threats, paleoecological background (the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport/the National Institute of Cultural Heritage grant), grant completed.

Michał Starski PhD

  • Puck’s material culture in the late Middle Ages. Archaeological portrait of a small town on the southern Baltic coast (National Science Centre Sonata 5 grant), grant completed;

  • The town’s plot of Długi Targ – Powroźnicza – Ogarna Streets in Gdańsk. Compile and publication of the results of archaeological research (the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport/the National Institute of Cultural Heritage grant), grant in progress.

Sławomir Wadyl PhD

  • Prussian lands in the early Middle Ages. Shaping a new settlement-territorial and social structure in the light of archaeological sources (National Science Centre Fuga 4 grant), grant completed;
  • The place that created the power. A stronghold from the early Middle Ages in Pasym in the Masurian Lake District (the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport/the National Institute of Cultural Heritage grant), grant in progress.

Two lectures about the bioarchaeology of Nubia

Please join us on October 12th and 14th in the Faculty of Archaeology, University of Warsaw (Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28) for two talks focussing on bioarchaeology in Nubia and the use of stable isotopes to trace mobility in the past, presented by Dr. Michele Buzon of Purdue University.

On Tuesday October 12th from 15:00-16:30 in Room 118, Dr. Buzon will discuss her work from the site of Tombos and broader questions of burial traditions and bioarchaeology in the borderland region between New Kingdom Egypt and Nubia in a talk entitled “Intersectional identities and bodies: Exploring biological, geographic, and mortuary diversity at Tombos, Sudan”.

On Thursday October 14th, from 15:00-16:30 in Room 212, Dr. Buzon will deliver a talk entitled “Collaborative Research: Assessing the Impact of Holocene Climate Change on Bioavailable Strontium Within the Nile River Valley.” This presentation will focus on a collaborative project Dr. Buzon is undertaking to contextualize bioavailable strontium within several broader regions of Sudan, a process that will help researchers to gain more refined insights to potential instances of mobility among past populations inhabiting the various environs of Sudan, ancient Nubia.

Both talks will be delivered in person. Space is limited, so please register in advance if you are interested in attending by sending an email to Robert Stark at r.stark@uw.edu.pl. Given the ongoing Covid-19 situation, it will be mandatory to wear a mask during the entire duration of both presentations.

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