continued the excavations:
The site was renamed "Urstädt", and excavations were resumed by an extraordinary branch of the SS called the ‘SS Ahnenerbe’. This was a unit of crack Nazi anthropologists and scholars, under the control Heinrich Himmler. They spent the war looting museums, art galleries and churches, as well as conducting excavations in pursuit of their Aryan ancestors, and later even turned their hand to a bit human experimentation. The Nazi perspective was that ancient Biskupin was a primitive Polish settlement overrun and rebuilt by superior Aryan culture.Actually the site was part of the Lusatian culture, which occupied Poland and eastern Germany from around 1300 to 500 BCE. It thus spanned the late Bronze Age and the early Iron Age. These were farmers who knew how to ride horses. Biskupin dates to the Iron Age, when Lusatian culture was closely related to the Celtic Hallstatt culture farther west, and also to the Late Bronze Age of Scandinavia. Among other things Lusatian people had the habit of making offerings to the gods by throwing valuable items into lakes and rivers, or to the bottom of deep wells, and they practiced human sacrifice.
recently excavated in Poland, dating to 700 to 500 BCE.
Truly an amazing site, and a great place to experience a little of the Iron Age.