CURRENT STATE OF RESEARCH INTO MEDIAEVAL SETTLEMET PHASE INCLUDING DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION IN THE SOUTH-WESTERN PART OF THE WAWEL HILL
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The results of archaeological excavations in South-Western part of Wawel Hill in Kraków (recent stage of investigations) are discussed.Results of excavations conducted before 1990 were elaborated exclusively on the base of descriptions, drawings and photos stored in the Archives of the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill and not numerous publications. Excavations during the years 1991-2004 were led and recorded by the author (or were supervised by him). They were already published in part. In the present article results of the mentioned investigations were collected, compared and interpreted in all. The current state of research into Mediaeval settlement phase, including defense constructions and building structures made of brick in the section IX of the Wawel Hill (South-Western part of it) is shown in this article in close connection to neighbouring sections -Vic, VIII, and X. State of research into section IX on the Wawel Hill is still insufficient, in spite of important discoveries made during the years 1991-1996, 2001-2002 and 2003-2004. It is caused - among others - by limited space of excavations. Chronology and construction of the Early Mediaeval defense ramparts should be verified. Also the location of the supposed palace connected to the Romanesque round church, discovered near Sandomierz Tower on the Southern outskirts of the Wawel Hill should be explained. Future excavations should identify relics of Mediaeval settlement (including building structures), especially the Early Mediaeval ones at the foot of defense rampart.
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