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    Discovery of 18th Century Papal Bulla Unveils Mysteries of Rural Poland

    A rare discovery has emerged from the forests near Siennica Różana in Krasnystaw County, Poland. A metal detector enthusiast, Wojciech Werus, stumbled upon an 18th-century lead papal bulla, possibly from the reign of Pope Benedict XIV. The artifact, found at a depth of 10-15 cm, bears the images of saints Peter and Paul on one side and the name of Pope Benedict XIV on the other.

    Tracing the Past: Insights into WWI and Beyond

    Werus, president of the Historical and Exploration Association “Wolica,” primarily focuses on tracing World War I remnants in the region. Yet, their discoveries span various epochs, including Bronze Age weaponry and early medieval artifacts. Their efforts rely heavily on reports from the imperial Russian army, guiding them through battle sites and yielding a plethora of historical artifacts.

    Presented to the local conservation office, the bulla is slated for preservation and display at the Regional Museum in Krasnystaw. The lead seal, akin to a signature, once authenticated papal documents, leaving unanswered questions about its sole discovery amidst the woods.

    A Window into Rural Past

    The find not only adds to Poland’s historical narrative but also prompts reflection on the enigmatic past of rural landscapes. As the bulla finds its place in a museum, it promises to enlighten visitors about a bygone era and the mysteries it still holds.

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