Aristocratic burials found at Polish dig

Archaeologists working on excavations in Burdąg, Warmia and Mazury, Poland have discovered rich burials dating to the 6th and 7th centuries. Believed to have belonged to local aristocrats, the graves contained such artifacts as a silver breastplate, glass beads and silver fibulae. (photo)

"These finds here are quite a surprise. Excavations have changed the image of the site that, in the light of previous studies, was considered quite poor," said Dr. Mirosław Rudnicki from the Institute of Archaeology, University of Łódź. Some of the artifacts are believed to have originated in the Frankish Empire during the reign of the Merovingian dynasty.