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Baltic Region

Biskupin: One of the Oldest and Best Preserved Archeological Sites in Central Europe

Biskupin is the most famous archeological site in Poland and one of the best sites in Europe. The site was reconstructed and serves as a life-size model of Iron Age fortified settlement. The site was probably established more than 700 BC (over 2700 years ago), in the same time when Roman empire was founded.

It was discovered in 1933 by students who noticed some sticking wooden poles from the lake. They informed their teacher and he informed profesor Kostrzewski from Poznan. Prof. Kostrzewski with his group started excavating the site and the work was continued until World War II (1939).

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Żnin District Narrow Gauge Railway to Biskupin

Biskupin, the most famous archeological site in Central Europe, can be reached either by car or by narrow-gauge railway from Żnin. The narrow-gauge railway, 600 mm wide, was built in 1892/92 to transport agricultural products like sugar beets to the local sugar factory. It also took passengers.

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Malbork Teutonic Castle and Marienburg

Marlbork is an impressive structure built by the Teutonic Knights. The walls are very thick. I'm not sure but it seem they are about 4-5 feet thick. The Teutonic Knights were defeated at Tannenberg in 1410 which led to the advancement of the Crusaders.

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Lizard and Other Inclusions in Baltic Amber

In the middle of June 1997, on a wooded sand dune in Gdansk, Poland, Gabriela Gierlowska spotted a small amber piece with a unique lizard. The surface of the lump was strongly oxidized, mat,covered with a dark grey marsh sediment, and in its shape and size resembled an immature pine cone (rotten cones often accompany accumulations of amber). The cone-shaped piece was 50 x 35 x 14 mm in size, and on its longest side there was a depression filled with black silt.

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