Sites & cities that bear the name of Biskupin


Today in : Poland
First trace of activity : ca. 8th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 5th century B.C.E

Description : Biskupin is an archaeological site and a life-size model of a late Bronze Age fortified settlement in north-central Poland that also serves as an archaeological open-air museum. When first discovered it was thought to be early evidence of a West Slavic settlement, but archaeologists later confirmed it belonged to the Biskupin group of the Lusatian culture from the 8th century BC. The excavation and the reconstruction of the prehistoric settlement has played an instrumental part in Polish historical consciousness. The settlement at Biskupin belongs to the Hallstatt C and D periods (late Bronze Age/early Iron Age, 800–650 BC and 650–475 BC). There are four Radiocarbon dates from Biskupin (all B.C.): First settlement: 720±150 (Gif 494) Later settlement: 560±150 (Gif 495) Rampart: 620 ±150 (Gif 492) A2 4C, VII: 620±150 (Gif 493) However, dendrochronological analysis provided more accurate dating. It proved that oak wood used in the construction of the settlement was cut down between 747–722 B.C. Over half of the wood used was cut during the winter of 748/747 B.C.

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