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Monumental Mounds In Little Poland

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A peculiarity of the lands in southeastern Poland are the monumental mounds, sometimes called 'Krakuszowiec type barrows'. They differ from other ones especially in their dimensions: the diameter sometimes more than 50 m and preserved height up to 10 m. The mounds are all located in Little Poland near the old centers of pre-state and early Piast power: in Przemyśl, Sandomierz and Cracow; in the last mentioned case there are multiple mounds, and this distinguishes Cracow from the other sites. The Little Polish mounds have fascinated both the researchers and local historians since the Middle Ages. The most famous mounds were the excavations of the Krak Mound carried out in the period between the two World Wars by the Polish Academy of Learning in Cracow.

Keywords:Krak Mound; monumental mounds; Poland



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