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Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr habil. Małgorzata Latałowa

Dr Monika Badura
Dr Anna Pędziszewska
Dr Joanna Święta-Musznicka
MSc Marcelina Zimny (Secretary)
MSc Katarzyna Pińska
MSc Dawid Weisbrodt

Laboratory of Palaeoecology
and Archaeobotany

Department of Plant Ecology
University of Gdańsk
Al. Legionów 9
80-441 Gdańsk, Poland
Phone/fax: 48 58 341 20 16

Polish Association
for Environmental Archaeology
Dr habil. Mirosław Makohonienko
Dr habil. Daniel Makowiecki

Archaeological Museum
in Gdańsk

Director Henryk Paner

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Katarzyna Sroślak-Janasiewicz
FRUG, ul. Polanki 66
80-306 Gdańsk, Poland
Phone 1: +48 58 552 03 53
Phone 2: +48 58 520 95 14
Phone/fax: +48 58 552 37 06

Field Excursion II

Vegetation history, archaeology and ethnography
of the Kashubian Lakeland

Saturday 10th September

The Kashubian Lakeland (Kashuby) is one of the main tourist regions of Poland located in the north and west of the city of Gdansk. The jewel of the region are the patches of hilly landscape interspersed with beautiful natural forests, peatbogs and more than 700 lakes. Four landscape parks and almost 50 nature reserves form a network for the conservation of nature. The region is also renowned for its prehistoric treasures including the largest burial grounds in Poland, which chronologically span the Late Bronze Age to the Middle Ages (11th century A.D.), as well as the megalithic stone circles of the Iron Age.

The Kashuby region is distinct due to its unique culture. It is settled by the Kashubian people, using their own dialect which differs greatly from literary Polish, and having their own traditional folk music, dances and costumes. The ethnographic history of the region is presented in the Kashubian Ethnographic Park in Wdzydze Kiszewskie, which is an more than 100 years old open air museum extending over an area of 22 ha and containing about 40 buildings furnished with original farming and dwelling equipment used by the Kashubians in the period from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century. A traditional, 100-year-old pottery workshop and the museum in Chmielno are other stops on this excursion.

The environmental history of the Kashubian region is the subject of on-going palaeoecological projects in the Laboratory of Palaeoecology and Archaeobotany, University of Gdańsk. Late Glacial and Holocene history of vegetation, climate and human impact are among the major topics investigated through the high-resolution palaeoecological analyses of lake and peat deposits.

phot. K. Banaś

phot. D. Weisbrodt