Badania archeologiczne zamku w Dankowie nad Liswartą
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Results of excavations of the castle in Danków on the Liswarta river Dankow appears in the pages of history at the beginning of the 13th century. The town was once situated on the trail leading from Sieradz to Kraków, on the border of Little Poland, Silesia and Great Poland, at the crossing of the Liswarta River. Danków was probably owned by the Rogowski family in the 14th century, and by the Kobylański family in the 16th century. In the 17th century, the new owners, the Warszycki family, had their residence here and raised bastion fortifications that remain to this day. Archaeological research on a survey carried out in 2014 aimed at a preliminary determi-nation of layers in the fortified bastion. Activities concentrated on the only apparent element of secular building in the castle, that is the ruins of the so-called Castellans House. The results of the partial investigation suggest that it may be associated with residential buildings that existed prior to the construction of the fortification. A skeleton burial, discovered in the wall surrounding the church, may confirm hypotheses about land use predating the castle’s fortress. Combining the discovery of this tomb with information from written sources, this article suggests that the area occupied in the 17th century by the current church already functioned as a cemetery that might be associated with an older, perhaps medieval, temple. The preliminary research gathered a collection of movable relicts, the oldest of which dates from the 15th century. The area covered by the study does not ascertain any presence of cultural layers associated with the operation of the castle. Presumably these were destroyed during levelling and agri-technical works.
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