Some beautiful and important artefacts were found over the last few days on the site of Battlefield of Grunwald, one of the biggest battles fought in Europe in the Middle Ages. The Battle of Grunwald, was fought on 15 July 1410 during the Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War. The alliance of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, led respectively by King Władysław II Jagiełło (Jogaila) and Grand Duke Vytautas, decisively defeated the German–Prussian Teutonic Knights, led by Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen. Most of the Teutonic Knights’ leadership were killed or taken prisoner. For the past 5 years, detectorists from many countries (including ECMD members) have been invited by the archaeologists from Muzeum Bitwy pod Grunwaldem to conduct a search of the battlefield. This project is now one of the most important ones related to battlefield archaeology in Europe and shows how responsible metal detecting can aid archaeologists and historians in their work.
Photo: Jakub Jakubik, Marcin Bartnik.