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

Marek Tycjan Olszewski

Marek T. Olszewski, Associate Professor
Marek T. Olszewski, Associate Professor


duty hours:
Wednesday 13.00-14.30

research interests: 1. Archeology of Hellenism (but also of classical Greece), Archeology of Rome and Roman Provinces, Early Christian Archeology; Archeology of Late Antiquity (III-VII century); 1.1. I am interested in geographic areas covering the Hellenistic Monarchies, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire as a whole; 1.2. I am particularly interested in monuments of visual arts: ancient mosaics, but also Hellenistic and Roman paintings, and monuments of funerary art in the context of the architecture of private constructions of the Hellenistic and Roman elites (houses, villas, seaside villas, tombs). I treat the artifacts of visual arts as a pretext for a broader understanding of the historical, social, economic, cultural and religious issues of Hellenistic, Roman and late antique societies; 1.3. I use several methods in my researches: interdisciplinary research method, microhistory, and the cognitive method.

bibliography and C.V.:

PDF’ textes of publications:

1. Discovery of the exact date of the foundation of Pella / Apamea in Syria, one of the largest and most important urban centers in the Hellenistic and Roman period. Discovery and description of the hitherto unknown historical context of the circumstances of the foundation of Pella / Apamea in the early autumn of 320 BCE See author’s articles in French, English and Italian: ; ; ; see articles in the Polish media: ;,78036 ; ; see articles in the English media: ; ; ; ; see articles in the Greek media:

2. Identification of the unknown and first portraits of Alexander the Great’s successors: Antipater, Cassander, but also Apama and Archippos; see author’s articles in French, English and Italian: ; ; .

3. Identification of the oldest water wheel, so-called norii, in Roman iconography; the mosaic is from the first half of the 4th century AD; see author’s article in French: ; see articles in the Polish media:,84916,polski-badacz-odkryl-wczesne-przedstawienie-mozaikowe-rzymskiego-kola ; ; ; in English: ; in the Turkish media: ; .

4. Discovery of an important historical fact that the founder of Pella / Apamea was not a legendary figure, as previously thought, but a historical figure, namely the former archon eponymus of Athens – Archippus, who held his office from 321 to 320 BC; see the conference announcement from Vienna of the author’s article in English:

5. Discovery and explanation of the narrative and complex iconological program of five mythological and allegorical tales in the House of Aion in Cyprus. The mosaic is an anti-Christian polemic and for this purpose it uses numerous rhetorical figures. Most likely it adorned one of the rooms rented by the Neoplatonic society; see author’s articles in English: in French: ; see articles in the Polish media: ;,83915 ; ; in English: ; ; ; in the French media: ; in Italian: ; in the German media: .

6. Discovery of eight unknown sundials on Roman mosaics. These new identifications contributed to the completion of the catalog of sundial representations on mosaics to fifteen, as only seven were known previously; see author’s article in French:; see articles in the Polish media:,79854 ; ; in English: : ; ; .

Katarzyna Pyżewicz

PhD Katarzyna Pyżewicz
PhD Katarzyna Pyżewicz


duty hours:
online via Google Meet: Monday 13.30-15.00, Tuesday 12.00-13.00, the link to the meeting will be sent after the student’s e-mail request

research interests:
Paleolithic and Mesolithic archaeology/ use-wear analysis/ lithic studies/ experimental archaeology


Agnieszka Tomas

Agnieszka Tomas
dr hab. Agnieszka Tomas
e-mail: (only for lecturers and students attending my classes)

  • Out of the office 9-21.02.2021 
  • vice-dean office hours Monday 10.00 a.m. – 12. 00 p.m.
  • meeting hours for the students attending the classes: Tuesday 3.30-5.00 p.m.
  • e-mail for the students:

Meetings during the office hours only online after prior appointment via e-mail

Other activities:

Employee of the Institute (now the Faculty) since 2007. Participant and coordinator of non-invasive and excavation research in Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary. Participant of excavations in the Crimea, Russia and Poland. Scholarship holder of the S. Batory Foundation, the Foundation for Polish Science and the Brzezia Lanckoroński Foundation.

The Head of the Faculty of Archeology Archaeological Expedition of the University of Warsaw in Novae. She is currently managing two research projects at the Roman legionary camp in Novae (northern Bulgaria).

Research projects:

Novae 2016-2021. Extramural settlement near the Roman legionary fortress at Novae (Lower Moesia) and its fate in Late Antiquity (A. Tomas)

Novae 2017-2021. In medio castrorum. Sculptural and epigraphic landscape of the central part of the legionary fortress at Novae

Novae 2012-2015. Research on settlement structures near the Roman legionary camp at Novae (Lower Moesia) using non-destructive prospection methods (A. Tomas, completed)

Selected publications:

  1. Inter Moesos et Thraces. The Rural Hinterland of Novae in Lower Moesia (1st – 6th centuries AD), Archaeopress, Oxford 2016 (29 ark) ISBN 9781784913694
  2. Living with the Army I. Civil Settlements near Roman Legionary Fortresses in Lower Moesia, Warszawa 2017. ISBN 978-83-61376-35-4
  3. Reading Gender and Social Life in Military Spaces, Światowit 49/A, 2009-2010 (2011), 139–152.
  4. Connecting to Public Water: The Rural Landscape and Water Supply of Lower Moesia, Archaeologia Bulgarica 15/2, 2011, 59–72.
  5. Canabae legionis I Italicae: state of research on civil settlements accompanying the legionary camp in Novae (Lower Moesia) compared to relevant Lower Danubian sites, Światowit L/A, 2011 (2012), 155–168.
  6. A Roman site in the Sarviz River Valley (Pannonia Inferior). Preliminary results Acta Archaeologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 66/1, 2015, 203–215. (with Z. Kis)
  7. A New Dedicatory Inscription from Novae (Lower Moesia), Światowit 52/A, 2013 (2014), 79–86.
  8. A Six-century pottery kiln from Novae (Moesia secunda). A contribution to the local pottery manufacturing, Archaeologia Bulgarica 19/3, 2015, 63–74.
  9. Life on the Frontier: Roman Military Families in Lower Moesia, Studia Europaea Gnesnensia 16, 2017, 225-257.
  10. Castra et canabae legionis. Organizacja przestrzeni i administracja cywilnych osiedli przy rzymskich obozach legionowych [w] Między murami miasta a ścianami koszar – garnizony i historia miejska na przestrzeni dziejów [=Zeszyty Naukowe UJ. Prace Historyczne 145 (4)], Kraków 2018, 665–
  11. Novae – castra, canabae, vicus, 2013-2015. Preliminary report on the Excavations and Prospection Surveys of the University of Warsaw Archaeological Expedition, Archeologia 65, 2016, 177–203 (z:T. Sarnowski, L. Kovalevskaja, P. Zakrzewski, T. Dziurdzik, E. Jęczmienowski)
  12. Marcus Aurelius Statianus from Lower Moesia. A Note on His Origin, Status and Business [in] The Lower Danube in Antiquity (VI BC-VI AD), Tutrakan, Sofia 2007, 231–234 (z: T. Sarnowski).
  13. Dionysus or Liber Pater? The Evidence of the Bacchic Cult at Novae (castra et canabae legionis ) and in its Hinterland [in] Ad fines imperii Romani. Studia Thaddaeo Sarnowski ab amicis, collegis discipulisque dedicata, A. Tomas [ed.], Warszawa 2015, 257–275.
  14. The Mithreum at Novae Revisited [in] Ad fines imperii Romani. Studia Thaddaeo Sarnowski ab amicis, collegis discipulisque dedicata, A. Tomas [ed.], Warszawa 2015, 227–247 (with M. Lemke)
  15. Female family members related to soldiers and officers of the legio I Italica. A case study [in] Colonization and Romanization in Moesia Inferior. Premises of A Contrastive Approach, L. Mihailescu-Bîrliba [ed.], Kaiserlautern 2015, 93–124.
  16. Pre-Roman Settlements in the Hinterland of Novae in Lower Moesia: a re-assessment of the displacements of the conquered tribes by the Romans [in] Romans in the Middle and Lower Danube Valley: Case Studies in Archaeology, Epigraphy, and History, first century BC – fifth century AD, E. de Sena, C. Timoc (eds),A.R. Int. Ser. 2882, 2018, 13–22.

Stephanie Aulsebrook

Stephanie Aulsebrook
PhD Stephanie Aulsebrook


duty hours:
Tuesday 12:00 – 14:00

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. 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 4 and 5. 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 4 and 5. 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.