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Exploring Prehistoric Mysteries
November 28, 2013   
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A new exhibition at the State Archeological Museum in Warsaw explores a baffling mystery from thousands of years ago.

Entitled Prehistoric Hunter, the exhibition introduces visitors to the most famous Polish find from the Mesolithic era, the tomb of a hunter from 8,000 years ago. Uncovered in the village of Janisławice around 100 kilometers southwest of Warsaw, the “Janisławice Man” is the oldest skeleton to be found in Poland in such a well-preserved state. His body was buried with lavish “grave offerings,” including ornaments and everyday objects.

The exhibition was put together by Katarzyna Barska and Witold Migal, who embarked on some archeological detective work to try to dig up some more about the prehistoric hunter. Aided by forensic experts and geneticists, they wanted to establish the man’s origins and the cause of his death. In the process, they discovered many intriguing facts about his life.

Visitors to the exhibition are shown documentary films that sum up the investigators’ findings and an animated movie that depicts how people lived in those days.

Prehistoric Hunter features a special musical backdrop composed by Maciej Rychły from the Jorgi Quartet and performed on replicas of instruments from prehistoric times. The exhibition is also accompanied by a website featuring a wealth of photographs, drawings, videos and computer-generated images.

For further information go to www.prehistorycznylowca.pl, www.czlowiekzjanislawic.pl
State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw
52 Długa St. (Arsenal building)
Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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