GRAVE OF THE CORDED WARE CULTURE FROM BRZEZIE, SITE 17, WIELICZKA DISTRICT
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Site 17 at Brzezie locates in the source area of the Tusznica Creek, the left-hand tributary of the Raba River. In years 2000-2006, prior to the construction of Freeway A4 (the Cracow-Tarnow section), the site was subjected to wide-area rescue excavations. The excavations of 5.5 hectares revealed 2653 structures related to several culture of the Neolithic Period (the Linear Pottery, the Malice, the Baden and the Corded Ware cultures) and the Bronze Age (the Mierzanowice and Lusatian cultures). Discovered CWC burial remains were located in the uppermost are of the site. The survived part of the grave suggest it had a rectangular outline, width about op 140 cm and length 220 cm, orientated E-W, with deviation to S. In the northeastern corner of the pit there was found a damaged beaker, while in the southeastern corner a flint axe. Despite the damage state the vessel from Brzezie can be referred to an 'Old Corded' beaker. Rectangular axe found in the grave is compatible in shape and size with CWC axes. CWC grave from Brzezie, most probably originally covered by a barrow, is the fourth find of this kind between the rivers of Raba and Vistula.
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