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2020 | 19 | 81-101
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Gra dla wielu aktorów. Badania pola bitwy pod Kunowicami (12.08.1759) w latach 2009-2018 i ich uczestnicy

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Game for many actors. The research on the Kunowice battlefield (12.08.1759) in the years 2009-2018 and its participants
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Contemporary archaeology of battlefields emerged in the 80s in the USA. The research of the Little Bighorn battlefield conducted since 1984 by Douglasa D. Scott was a key project. Two factors contributed to his success: the introduction of new research tools, including a metal detector, and cooperation between professional archaeologists and amateur monument seekers. In the current archaeology of the battlefields, the first factor is constantly present, the second one – cooperation with the seekers – is not the norm. The article presents the research on the battle of Kunowice (12.08.1759). Around 130 thousand soldiers from three armies (Russia, Prussia and Austria) participated in this confrontation. The battle ended with the Prussian’s defeat; over 300 thousand soldiers lost their lives or were injured. The research on this battle was conducted in the years 2006-2019. As a result, by the end of 2018, 11,300 moveable monuments had been found, the relics of the field fortifications were discovered and examined, a single soldier’s grave was found (in 2010) and an unsuccessful attempt was undertaken to find a mass grave. In view of the extent of the researched area, the works required significant human eff ort. Within 10 seasons, 1,248 working days were dedicated to field works. Professional researchers (archaeologists, historians and a researcher from the field of life sciences), students, monument seekers and other volunteers participated in the research. The seekers constituted a particularly numerous and important group. The discovered finds were registered by GPS receivers. A not fully successful attempt was made to document the route covered by the monument seekers. Another unsuccessful eff ort was made to systematise the search with metal detectors with the participation of a greater number of monument seekers. Despite some problems, research on battlefields is a perfect place for cooperation between professional history researchers and monument seekers.
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Volume
19
Pages
81-101
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published
2020
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  • Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza Collegium Polonicum
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0860-7893
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bwmeta1.element.desklight-d9142246-a2b7-40b8-83ff-7063581ee54b
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