Honorary doctorate for Prof. Freiherr C. von Carnap-Bornheim
On 5th December, a ceremony will be held at the UW to confer an honorary doctorate of the University of Warsaw to Prof. Freiherr Claus von Carnap-Bornheim – an outstanding researcher specialising in the archaeology of central and northern Europe of the first millennium AD.
Discoveries by UW archaeologists in Albania and Montenegro
A unique building where important political and religious ceremonies might have taken place and a wall system dating back to the Hellenistic period are the discoveries that archaeologists from the Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre at the University of Warsaw made in the excavation seasons that ended in July. The scientists are conducting research in Albania and Montenegro.
Polish-Mongolian cooperation agreement
On 25th April, an agreement between the University of Warsaw and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences was signed in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. The cooperation between two research units will be focused on education, research projects, academic exchange and training programmes in oriental studies, geography and archaeology.
Renovation of the oldest mosque in Sudan
The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology (PCMA) UW is launching a new cultural heritage protection project “Baraka: Revitalization of the Oldest Preserved Mosque at Old Dongola” funded by the International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH). The Old Dongola mosque is the oldest preserved mosque in the Republic of Sudan.
Prof. Artur Obłuski wins the ERC Public’s Choice Award
Prof. Artur Obłuski, director of the UW Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology and leading researcher of the ERC Starting Grant UMMA, has received the Public’s Choice Award under the European Research Council’s Public Engagement with Research competition.
New discoveries in Oman
At the end of December, another season of archaeological fieldwork in Qumayrah Valley in Northern Oman came to a close. Archaeologists identified there another tower in a Bronze Age settlement, unearthed evidence of copper smelting and discovered a 4 thousand-year-old game board.
Archaeological research in Soba
Fieldwork in Soba, the former capital of the Kingdom of Alwa – today, a suburb of Khartoum – was paused for a mid-season break in mid-December. It was carried out by a team of specialists led by Dr Mariusz Drzewiecki from the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw. The excavations revealed the remains of a medieval garden. It is the first this kind of a discovery in Soba.
Establishment of PCMA UW Research Centre in Cyprus
The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw will set up a research centre in Paphos, Cyprus, where the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw expeditions have been working for over half a century. It will be the third foreign research post of the centre.
Tyre: Discovery of a new Roman Temple in the Phoenician port in Lebanon
Tyre, the Phoenician capital on the coast of Lebanon, is the site of the latest project with PCMA UW involvement. The international team researching this UNESCO World Heritage List city has recently finished a highly successful fieldwork season discovering the remains of a complex belonging to a Roman-period temple.
Discovery of oldest representation of a water wheel on a Roman mosaic from Apamea
Recent studies conducted by researchers from the Faculty of Archeology at the University of Warsaw contributed to a discovery of particular importance. On the famous figural mosaic, a huge hydraulic wheel was discerned. According to Prof. Marek T. Olszewski, it is currently known as the oldest representation of a noria.
The Denouement of the Enigma of the Roman Mosaic from the House of Aion in Paphos
After years of research conducted by Prof. Marek T. Olszewski from the UW Faculty of Archaeology, the iconographic program of the famous mosaic from the reception room of the Roman House of Aion in Paphos (Cyprus) has been resolved. The interpretation of the Polish researcher was accepted by scholars of Roman iconography as adequate and precise.
Virtual Nubia: Digital reconstructions of medieval monasteries in Sudan
How did medieval monasteries in Nubia look? Now it is possible to find it out. Archaeologists from the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw have digitally reconstructed buildings that can now be visited without leaving home.
Visit of the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt to UW
On 2nd September, the Egyptian delegation met with the representatives of the University of Warsaw, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and the Polish archaeological community working in Egypt. The involvement of Polish researchers in the studies on Egyptian archaeology and history was the main topic of the meeting.
First results of research in Soba, capital city of the Medieval Kingdom of Alwa
The first season of archaeological fieldwork in the medieval city of Soba near Khartoum (Sudan) came to a close. A team of researchers from the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw (PCMA UW) and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of the Sciences (IAE PAS) documented hitherto unknown districts of the capital city.
Polish archaeologists to train tourist guides in Sudan
At Old Dongola, Sudan, Polish specialists are supporting local communities to opportunity as part of partnership building between the scholarly community and local inhabitants. The capital city of the Kingdom of Makuria, excavated by Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw (PCMA UW) teams for over 50 years, also has great tourist potential that is waiting to be discovered.
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