Scientists say they have excavated graves related to a mysterious character in the newly discovered cemetery in Poland.
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During the survey in the area near the village of Bodzia, northwest of Warsaw to prepare for the highway construction project, archaeologists accidentally discovered this cemetery. It dates back to the late 10th century and early 11th century.
The research team paid special attention to the skeleton of a young warrior (about 20 years old) with a sword next to him. Many signs, such as a broken jaw, the broken skull showed the man suffered a violent death. More surprisingly, right next to it was the skeleton of a 20-year-old woman who also experienced a painful death.
Artifacts in the tomb indicate that he had a relationship with one of the first Slavic kings, Andrzej Buko, head of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology at the Polish Academy of Sciences said. Here, the experts found silver talisman-like objects imprinted with a bird (probably an eagle) spreading its wings whose significance is still a mystery. They also saw a silver chain, crystal stones, carnelian designs in classic Slavic style that affirmed their status and wealth.
In particular, the carvings on the bronze belt show that the wearer is a close ally or even a relative of Sviatopolk.
Sviatopolk is a member of the Kyivan Rus dynasty - the first Eastern Slavic state, located in eastern Poland. Sviatopolk came to the throne in the early 11th century. To strengthen his power, he murdered his brothers.
Perhaps the young warrior is a senior member of the Sviatopolk army. Not to exclude the possibility that it was the son of Sviatopolk, Buko judged.
In other tombs, the team also discovered more jewels of medieval Eastern European women.
Buko and his colleagues believe that the men buried here may be Viking warriors to protect a medieval prince. At this time, Viking warriors played an important role in Eastern European society. They protect the Byzantine emperors in Constantinople.