EYE-SHAPED BEAD FROM RZESZÓW, SITE 25
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In the course of open excavation in Rzeszów in 2004 a fragment of an eye-shaped bead was found on a site known as Skalka, a place with long cultural sequence including pottery from the Neolithic, Lusatian and Pomeranian cultures, and the period of Roman influences. K. Kunter believes that the decoration is characteristic of the turn of the 5th century BC. According to N. Venclova's typology the bead from Site 25 in Rzeszów would belong to Type 519, dated to the late HtD and early LtA. The eye-shaped bead from Site 25 in Rzeszów is the first artefact of this kind to be found in South-Eastern Poland (the discovery of a similar object was reported from Medyka, but the account of the find has not been published). It seems, in so far as they are rarely mentioned in literature, that the eye-shaped beads are by no means common in Poland. The latest review of this category of finds was made M. Karwowski (1997), yet almost all of the objects on his list belong to La Tene or the Early pre-Roman Periods. Since the find described here has no proper context, it is impossible to attach it with any certainty to any particular culture. It might belong to the Tarnobrzeg culture, especially its late phase, or to the Pomeranian culture. The puzzle could possibly be solved if systematic excavation was undertaken on the site.
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