Bodzia: A Late Viking-Age Elite Cemetery in Central Poland by Andrzej Buko

By Andrzej Buko

Bodzia is likely one of the so much attention-grabbing archaeological discoveries of the post-war interval in Poland. it really is one of many few cemeteries in Poland from the time of the origins of the Polish country. the original personality of this discovery is especially seeing that a small, elite inhabitants was once buried there. The burials there incorporated humans whose origins have been attached with the Slavic, Nomadic-Khazarian and Scandinavian milieus. For the 1st time the proof from this region is given prominence.
This booklet is designed generally for readers outdoor Poland. The reader is obtainable a set of chapters, combining analyses and syntheses of the resource fabric, and a dialogue of its etno-cultural and political value. The authors formulate new hypotheses and concepts, which positioned the discoveries in a broader ecu context.

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61), Płock III (PSW III, no. 73), Dzierzążnia (PSW III, no. 28), Skowarcz (PSW II, no. 150), Kopytkowo (PSW II, no. 77). The archaeological context of the Bodzia cemetery 31 d­ ifferences. Most remarkably, there are no coins from the Rhineland and Frisia in East Pomeranian collections, but such coins represent 14 to 17 percent of hoards from Kuyavia and northern Mazovia. 04 percent, respectively) ones. There is a similar, although not so pronounced, trend for Franconian and Bavarian coins. 07 percent), but lower in Kuyavia and Eastern Pomerania by 10 and 20 percent, respectively.

For example, grave 87 (a female burial) produced 6 rings, temple rings,44 398 glass beads, and a coin. In grave 121, there were 8 temple rings, 489 glass beads and 3 coins, while the female burial in grave 210 produced a temple ring, 5 earrings, 3 buckles, 10 glass beads and a silver hoard of 168 coins and 96 fragments of ornaments. Another small hoard of 16 coins was found inside grave 444. 40 41 42 43 44 Vita (Pertz 1841, 593). Kara 1998, 505–524; 2001, 113–140; Ratajczyk 2011, 553–570; 2012.

The choice of location for the stronghold at the junction of the Vistula and Zgłowiączka rivers was ultimately based on the idea of turning it into a transit point on the route to Mazovia. It is highly probable that the economy of Włocławek and its hinterland was based on trade in salt, non-ferrous metals, and trade along the route leading from Greater Poland to Mazovia and from Eastern Pomerania to the south. The location at the crossroads between those routes gave the population of Włocławek and its hinterland an opportunity to reach quickly a certain degree of prosperity.

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