Badania archeologiczne Zdzisława Lenartowicza w międzyrzeczu Wisły i Pilicy na przełomie XIX i XX wieku
Archaeological Studies of Zdzisław Lenartowicz in the Interfluve of Vistula and Pilica Rivers at the Turn of the 19th and 20th Centuries
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Zdzisław Lenartowicz, painter by profession and archaeologist by avocation, conducted archaeological studies at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. He was a discoverer and the first researcher of many archaeological sites located within today’s Świętokrzyskie province (former Kieleckie and Radomskie provinces). Archaeology owes to him mainly the discoveries of extraordinary, multi-cultured sites in Złota near Sandomierz and unearthing the settlement of miners working in the mine of striped flint in Krzemionki, located on the Gawroniec hill near Ćmielów. Lenartowicz was a self-educated archaeologist, which was actually a rule among Polish researchers of his generation. At the beginning, he made many mistakes during excavations and also dispersed the remains extracted from the sites. After some time, though, Lenartowicz made considerable progress and thanks to contacts with more experienced archaeologists he gradually improved his skills. Additionally, he started to publish independent reports of the results of his methodically conducted excavations on subsequently discovered sites, including i.a. in Ludwików near Łopuszno and in Glinka near Ćmielów. At the beginning of the 20th century the 60-year old researcher was ousted from field work but still he deserves our memory and recognition as a man who contributed to an important part of Polish archaeology of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
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