Digitalization, Description, and Popularization of 150 Most Interesting Artifacts from Archaeological Excavations at the former Saxon Palace on the website of the Museum of Warsaw is the goal of a project led by archaeologist Ewelina Więcek-Bonowska.
The Museum of Warsaw houses artifacts from the excavations conducted in 2006 and 2008 on the site of the former Saxon Palace.
During the excavations, numerous objects related to daily life within the Palace and its vicinity were discovered. According to the archaeologist, these artifacts spanned from the period before the Saxon era when there was a small palace belonging to Morsztyn, through the Saxon times, the late 19th century when Fryderyk Chopin’s parents lived in the right wing with their son and daughter, to the times of the Second Polish Republic when various institutions operated within the Palace.
She mentioned that objects related to vices were also found, such as fragments of pipes, both the well-known Dutch pipes and Turkish hookahs. “There are items associated with the military history of this place, with various events throughout history. These include musket balls, as well as cartridges related to later firearms, fragments of uniforms, and a whole range of items related to the life and decoration of the Palace and the events that took place around it,” she emphasized.
Referring to the grant entitled “Saxon Palace – Fragments of the Past in a Digital Narrative,” which she leads, she admitted that it was not easy to select the 150 most interesting artifacts from nearly 1,600 objects deemed to have high cognitive and historical value out of the mentioned 30,000 found during the excavations. “The idea of the grant is to include these 150 artifacts that can best illustrate various fields related to the findings, through a broad concept of digitalization and dissemination to the public,” the archaeologist said.
The idea of the project, as she emphasized, is also to increase knowledge about the history of the Saxon Palace and related matters. “I think the significance of the Saxon Palace was very important. It had great symbolic value as a royal residence, and it was also an architecturally important element of the Saxon axis, which, although only partially realized, gave us the beloved Saxon Park, among other things. The Saxon Palace quickly became a part of Warsaw’s urban fabric. Although we still had separate jurisdictions at that time, this project also initiated certain changes that transformed these separate areas into a cohesive city that we have today,” the archaeologist emphasized.
The finalization of the project “Saxon Palace – Fragments of the Past in a Digital Narrative” is planned for late autumn. Its partners are the Scientific Association of Polish Archaeologists in Warsaw and the Saxon Palace Ltd.