Agnieszka Krzemińska – “Castle, pots and scientists. About the archaeological secrets of the Polish lands” – review and appraisal | Historic portal Histmag.org

Agnieszka Krzemińska – “Castles, pots, savants. About the archaeological secrets of the Polish lands” – review and appraisal

Agnieszka Krzemińska

Castles, pots and scholars. About the archaeological secrets of the Polish lands

evaluation: 8.5

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publisher: Literary publishing house

Year of Publication: 2022

Coverage: compact

number of pages: 360

the first show: April 27 2022

Formula: 145 x 210 [mm]

ISBN: 978-83-08-07532-6

EAN number: 9788308075326

The author of the book in question is Agnieszka Krzemińska. I graduated in archeology from the University of Warsaw. She studied at Freie Universität in Berlin for two years. From her pen came books like Love in ancient Egypt if Before, people used to live in dirt. She is the author of several popular science texts published in periodicals such as Świat Nauki or Wiedza i ycie. It is currently associated with the popularization of knowledge about the past on Polish radio and in the weekly magazine “Polityka”. Her most recent work – Castles, pots, scientists… – The Polish archaeologist introduces us, presenting the most important and interesting discoveries of recent years.

Krzemińska decided to divide her work into twelve chapters with very interesting and humorous titles (eg. crusher, blowing, flood). However, as we read on, we will encounter another section. The first six chapters of the publication are devoted to successive time episodes of the prehistoric and early history of the Polish lands. The writer guides her readers with great efficiency and sensitivity through successive ages, focusing on the most important archaeological cultures, cultural changes and influences, as well as known discoveries from the Polish lands, for example the boom from Obłazowa Cave or the famous vase from Bronocice with the world. The oldest depiction of a four-wheeled car. It is noteworthy that the cultural situation is drawn against a much wider background, and we often travel from the present Polish lands to different regions of the world in order to find out the sources of certain phenomena and their interrelationships. This inclusion in a broader context deserves appreciation, because the phenomena, changes and ideas described did not appear on our earth out of nowhere. The first part of the book ends with the sixth chapter entitled state buildingWhere the beginnings of the Polish state and related theories were discussed.

The second part of the work (chapters VII-XII) consists of articles focusing on specific issues.
We will learn, therefore, the results of the exploration of latrines and outcrops, atypical (also known as anti-vampire) burials from the Polish lands, the history of some deposits and treasures, the history of the search for some ships and boats found in the depths of water, the use of genetic research to learn about the past, and finally A brief reflection on the topic of the future of archeology and the modern, non-destructive methods used in it.

From a realistic point of view, the book cannot be accused of anything. The author has had a professional education evident in her work pages. It is commendable that definitions of the most important concepts, timeframes, and major archaeological cultures are included in the chapter title pages. The content of individual chapters was combined with statements of scientific authorities and specialists in individual fields, which additionally strengthened the author’s arguments. Each chapter is also supplemented with a short list of literature that can be used to explore a particular topic or issue of interest to us. The author uses the most recent publications – works published after 2010 dominate the literature lists and are a great credit for writers. The great advantage of this work is also the form in which the information is presented to us – it is not burdened with dates and facts in which one can get lost without prior preparation.
The author decided that her work should be popular science and he certainly has it.

According to the references, minor flaws in the work include graphic design Grodow….
It is true that we can find pictures on its pages (only in black and white), but a large part of the drawings are very schematic drawings that make it difficult to imagine the actual appearance of the artifacts on display, to make matters worse, they were made in monochrome technique, in very thick font. Given that the book is aimed at a larger group of readers who do not always have knowledge of the appearance of individual monuments, such a choice of illustrations appears to be a mistake. A slight error crept into the second chapter (rolled), as stated on page 66 by Marcin S. Pryncypat Antiquities Company). The distinction between these two archaeologists is often problematic for people outside of Krakow, so it should not be considered a serious mistake by the author.

Castles, pots and scientists It is a very successful book that is a pleasure to read. It can be recommended to both lay people (as a form of introduction to the topic), lovers of archeology and history (to update knowledge of recent discoveries and findings), students of studies about the past (to consolidate basic information), and finally to anyone who feels the need to know the secrets of the past of our lands.

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