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!

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

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.

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)

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

dr hab. Roksana Chowaniec

prof. dr hab. Aleksander Bursche
dr hab. Roksana Chowaniec
dr Kyrylo Myzgin
dr Emilia Smagur
mgr Tomasz Więcek
dr Anna Zapolska

dr hab. Arkadiusz Dymowski
dr Ireneusz Jakubczyk
mgr Monika Stobiecka

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,

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

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,

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,

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,

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:


Department of Papyrology

Department of Papyrology
Institute of Archaeology
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28,
00-927 Warszawa
room 3.15
tel. (0048) 22 5522815

Head of department:
dr hab. Tomasz Derda, prof. UW

prof. dr hab. Adam Łajtar
prof. dr hab. Adam Łukaszewicz
dr Grzegorz Ochała
dr Joanna Wegner – członek zespołu w grancie Maestro prof. Wipszyckiej
mgr Tomasz Płóciennik

Project Monks and Monastic Communities in the Eastern Mediterranean, NCN, Maestro grant no 2015/18/A/HS3/00485.
Principal investigator:
prof. dr hab. Ewa Wipszycka
Team members:
dr Adam Izdebski
mgr Aleksandra Pawlikowska-Gwiazda
dr Przemysław Piwowarczyk
dr Joanna Wegner
dr Marzena Wojtczak

PhD students:
Tomasz Barański
Kamila Braulińska
Joanna Ciesielska
Agata Deptuła
Marzena Ożarek-Szilke
Małgorzata Krawczyk
Andrzej Mirończuk
Aleksandra Pawlikowska-Gwiazda
Bartosz Wojciechowski

About the Department:
Research interests of the employees in the Department of Papyrology are multifarious, but always concentrated on antique and medieval written sources. In our research we deal with papyri, ostraka and inscriptions of various forms and contents, as well as literary texts in four languages: Greek, Latin, Coptic, and Old Nubian. The geographical spread of our interests is also very broad. As papyrologists and epigraphists, we take part in archaeological works on Cyprus, in the Balkans, in North Africa, Near East, and the Nile Valley (Egypt and Sudan).

The Department of Papyrology is the co-publisher of the international periodical The Journal of Juristic Papyrology listed in the Scopus reference database as well as the series of monographs The Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement Series.

The Department boasts the largest collection of papyri and ostraka in Poland in Demotic, Greek and Coptic.

Tomasz Derda

A Few Words on Papyrology

As a separate scientific discipline, papyrology came into existence in the late nineteenth century. It was a period when classical studies were undoubtedly the principal branch at universities both in Europe and the US, and knowledge of Latin and Greek was an indispensable element of intellectual formation. The papyri, unearthed chiefly from the sands of Egypt, constituted a new source which enriched significantly the knowledge about various aspects of the ancient past. Thanks to papyrological sources, philologists discovered so far unknown masterpieces of ancient literature; historians of law were able to gain insight into everyday legal practices reflected in preserved contracts and agreements; the papyri, finally, allowed for a completely new look at ancient history. Theodor Mommsen, a historian of antiquity and the only classicist to be awarded Nobel Prize in Literature, is credited with the following saying: ‘the nineteenth century has been the century of epigraphy, the twentieth century will be the century of papyrology.’ And so it happened: the last one hundred and thirty years have witnessed vigorous development of papyrology, which today is one of the most interesting small disciplines of the humanities. A steady influx of new sources allows for a continued verification of old hypotheses and interpretations. Among the humanities, papyrology is particularly well equipped with digital tools: papyrological databases contain texts of all published documents along with their photographs; as a result, every scholar is able to study virtually any document on a computer screen. An inherent feature of papyrology is its interdisciplinary character – papyrological research requires not only general knowledge of history, but also of the history of literature, law, ancient economy, archaeology, geography, history of technology, etc.

– 2017–2019: Wall Inscriptions in Banganarti Churches. Contribution to the Study of the Society and Culture of Christian Nubia; National Science Centre, grant no. UMO-2016/21/B/HS3/00930; principal investigator: prof. dr  Adam Łajtar

– 2016–2018: ‘What’s in a name?’ A Study on the Onomastics of Christian Nubia; National Science Centre, grant no. UMO-2015/17/D/HS3/00372; principal investigator: dr Grzegorz Ochała
– 2012–2015: Ancient Written Sources for the History of the Territory of Poland; National Science Centre, grant no. UMO-2011/03/B/HS3/00560; principal investigator: prof. dr hab. Jerzy Kolendo (2012–2014); mgr Tomasz Płóciennik (2014–2015)
– 2012–2014: Chronological Systems of Christian Nubia: Liturgical Calendar and Kings’ List; Ministry of Science and Higher Education, grant no. 0392/IP3/2011/71; principal investigator: dr Grzegorz Ochała
– 2009–2015: A Study of Greek and Latin Papyri from Qasr Ibrim from the Augustan Period discovered during the British excavations in the years 1963–1988; National Science Centre; principal investigator: prof. dr Adam Łajtar

The employees of the Department took and/or take part in the works of the following archaeological missions:
– Aleksandria (Egypt)
– Banganarti (Sudan)
– Deir el-Bahari, Hatshepsut temple (Egypt)
– Dendera (Egypt)
– Dongola (Sudan)
– Ghazali (Sudan)
– Hippos (Israel)
– Marea (Egypt)
– Naqlun (Egypt)
– Nea Paphos (Cyprus)
– Novae (Bulgaria)
– Ptolemais (Libya)
– Risan (Montenegro)
– Sheikh Abd el-Gurna, hermitage MMA 1152 (Egypt)
– Tell Atrib (Egypt)
– Valley of the Kings, tomb of Rameses VI (Egypt)