The lost 2,000-year-old village in Poland has still retained its boundary strips, buildings, roads, and homesteads.
Archeologists have uncovered a completely intact ancient village, the only one of its kind in Europe, dating back almost 2,000 years. The stunning discovery in northern Poland revealed farming land complete with boundary strips, homesteads, buildings and even roads. Hidden in dense forests in the Bory Tucholskie region, the area is one of the least explored by archeologists.
Archeologist Mateusz Sosnowski from the NCU (Nicolaus Copernicus University) Institute of Archeology in Toruń told PAP: "When it comes to research, it was virgin territory. “It was a great surprise to discover there not only individual elements of a former settlement, but also its surroundings: fields surrounding the hamlet, traces of single homesteads and even tracts connecting them probable with other settlements."
The settlement together with its surrounding fields covers an area of over 170 hectares and the fields are surprisingly regular. Sosnowski said: "Their shape brings to mind the three-field system of farming, known in Poland only from the middle ages. Was it already in use several hundred years earlier? we hope our research will answer that question."