1000-year-old "house of death" unearthed in Poland

1000-year-old "house of death" unearthed in Poland
1000-year-old "house of death" unearthed in Poland

In Poland, researchers from the Gdansk Archaeological Museum discovered a collective 1000-year-old burial of Scandinavian warriors, which immediately received the name "House of Death".

According to Nauka w Polsce, the find stunned Polish scientists, as the Scandinavian warriors were discovered hundreds of kilometers from their homeland - in the village of Cheplja in Eastern Pomerania.

The discovered burial was called the "house of death" by archaeologists. The remains of four men were found there. Chemical and genetic analysis showed that these people were originally from Scandinavia, most likely from Denmark.

According to Dr. Slawomir Wadil from the Gdansk Archaeological Museum, the soldiers were buried along with a large number of various funerary objects of little value, weapons and elements of horse harness.

The house of death itself, dating from the 11th century, deserves attention. It is located in the central part of the ancient cemetery. This "house" was built of logs and planks and outwardly resembles an ordinary log cabin. It consists of four well-built burial chambers measuring 3.5x2 meters, in each of which one soldier was buried.

“It was one of the most popular methods of building houses at the time,” says Dr. Vadil. “So we can say it was a 'house of death'.

According to archaeologists, the Danish warriors were buried during the Piast dynasty, the first Polish dynasty that ruled from the 10th to the end of the 14th century.

The "House of Death" was built inside a larger necropolis, erected under the Polish king Boleslav I the Brave. Judging by the swords, spears, buckles, stirrups and spurs found in the graves, these warriors were skilled riders. Also in the graves were found ancient coins, metal trinkets, combs, clay pots and animal remains.

By the way, in another part of the cemetery, archaeologists have discovered another, no less intriguing method of burial. They dug up two large coffins in a room built of vertically set and pointed poles.