Sour soup for the gods – discovery in a medieval hut in the Lublin province

by Dave Sadler

More than a thousand years ago, superstitious builders of a hut placed a clay vessel under its floor, containing a sacrificial offering of… sour soup. Head archaeologist Paweł Lis informed PAP about the discovery in Żmijowiska (Lublin province).

The 10th century hut discovered by archaeologists is located near the fortified settlement Żmijowiska – a place where scientists have been popularising archaeology for several years within the framework of a thematic museum.

“It was big – measured 5 by 4 meters and was dug quite deep into the ground” – told PAP Paweł Lis from the Nadwiślańskie Museum in Kazimierz Dolny, to which the fort Żmijowiska also belongs.

Interestingly, the discovery was made unexpectedly. Archaeologists wanted to move the medieval hut reconstruction to a place where it would not be regularly flooded with groundwater.

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