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ARCHAEOLOGISTS in Poland were surprised to uncover an ancient settlement on the outskirts of the country's capital, dating the discovery to before the times of Jesus Christ.

PUBLISHED: 10:15, Mon, Sep 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:15, Mon, Sep 7, 2020

The archaeology find was made in the Białołęka borough of north Warsaw, Poland, one of the capital's 18 districts. Archaeologists stumbled upon the settlement after inspecting a plot of land designated for the construction of a swimming pool. At first, excavators responsible for examining the plot were expecting to find signs of a seasonal encampment.

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Instead, they uncovered the remains of a Late Bronze Age settlement covering more than one acre of land.

The excavations were carried out by the Ab Terra Foundation, which oversees the archaeological analysis of construction sites.

The group said: "We expected to discover the traces of a small seasonal encampment, but it turned out we found the remains of a large settlement of the Lusatian culture from 3,000 years ago - the Late Bronze Age.

"This settlement was associated with a small watercourse that is regulated today, but in prehistoric times the stream flowed several dozen meters closer to the present research area.

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"Traces of the oxbow lake and the high level of groundwater have been captured in the form of geological traces.

"This was probably a production part of the settlement in the studied area, and the residential area is probably a short distance away but, unfortunately, outside of the investment area."

The Lusatian culture existed throughout the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, or 1300 BC to 500 BC.

Lusatians lived across most of what is modern-day Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine and Germany.

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