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The Earliest Monastic Complexes

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Archaeology plays a particularly important role in the research on the earliest monastic complexes. Archaeological excavations combined with the analyses of the preserved architectural remains permits us to draw conclusions about the time of origin, layout as well as trends and dynamics of changes which these structures underwent during their existence. In the 1980s and later on, research was taken up, especially in the complexes which are crucial for studying the origins of the Polish monastic movement. Their results have brought much new information, sometimes completely changing the existing opinions about the origins of the monastic congregations in Polish lands. Several examples illustrating the complexity of the research are presented in this chapter. Thefirst monastic foundations in Polish lands were congregations of monks of the order called the Benedictines.

Keywords:Benedictine abbey; earliest monastic complexes; Poland



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