Jan Żurek – człowiek, archeolog, nauczyciel. W 65-lecie wydania pracy Jana Żurka „Osada z młodszej epoki kamiennej w Rzucewie, pow. wejherowski i kultura rzucewska”
Jan Żurek – personage, archaeologist, teacher. On the 65th anniversary of the publication of Jan Żurek's work ‘Osada z młodszej epoki kamiennej w Rzucewie, pow. wejherowski i kultura rzucewska’ (Le village neolithique de Rzucewo, distr. de Wejherowo)
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Many authors of publications about the Stone Age in Pomerania quote Jan Zurek’s article about prof. J. Kostrzewski’s archaeological excavations in Rzucewo in the late twenties of the 20th century. J. Zurek’ s article was published by the Archaeological Museum in Poznan in the 4th Volume of the Fontes Archaeologici Posnaniensis in 1954. It was an abridged version of his master’s thesis written at University in Poznan in 1938. The typescript was found in the ruins of the author's former Warsaw apartment. That publication included, among others, the typology of prehistoric vessels. During the inter-war period Jan Zurek undertook various jobs. He participated in the Excavation Expedition in Biskupin. He was a co-organizer of the Regional Museum in Wielun, a secretary of the Conservator of Prehistoric Monuments, as well as an assistant at the Paleolithic Faculty of the University of Warsaw. After the Second World War he participated in excavations in Biskupin, worked as a teacher, and cultural officer. He was also the head of the archive and even a manual worker. He was also the president of the Polish Sightseeing Society in Swiecie on the Vistula river. He worked there, among others, on conservation of one of the churches in the city. His archaeological publications concerned both prehistory, e.g. stone tools from the Stone Age, ceramics of the Lusatian culture, and early Middle Ages, e.g. a measurement system. We can learn the fate of life and the life choices of Jan Żurek thanks to the documents and records that after his death in 1992 went to the private archives of Marek Seyda the co-author of this article.
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