The Prehistory of Wawel is a new exhibition at the Wawel Royal Castle. You can admire the exhibits from before 100-thousand years. The exhibits were found at the Wawel Hill, and are a product of the Neanderthals. Exhibits are also remains of the Lusatian culture, the Iron Age and the oldest early medieval finds.
The oldest exhibits – stone knives, blades and other tools come from the Middle Paleolithic period. The exhibition also includes memorabilia from subsequent periods of prehistory. There are flint exhibits dating back to the Upper Palaeolithic period (40-13 thousand years ago), such as scratchers, tongs and shavings, and the Neolithic (5500-3000 years BC), from which the oldest clay products in Wawel originate. The richest part of the collection from prehistoric times are objects from the turn of the Bronze Age and Iron Age (approx. 800-400 BC).
The prehistoric Wawel monuments presented at the exhibition are priceless exhibits for Polish culture. Their significance is evidenced primarily by the location of their discovery, closed within the Wawel Hill, thanks to which they are inextricably linked with the past of this place – says Prof. Andrzej Betlej, director of the Wawel Royal Castle.
Thanks to research conducted since the ’70s, we know that the history of Wawel reaches much further than the Middle Ages, so it is worth visiting the exhibition and learning about the fascinating history of ancient Krakow.