|Marzena Cendrowska is a graduate of the University of Wrocław (BA) and of Prehistoric Archaeology at Aarhus University (MA). Now, she is back in her hometown (Wrocław) to write a PhD thesis.
Lithic studies, especially microscopic, are what she is specialised in. She is a big fan of hard sciences, especially maths. This led her to apply statistics to help interpret archaeological finds and processes, and she used them both in her own studies and as a part of bigger projects. The developments in ritual in religion during the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age transition are currently her central interest. Therefore, while analysing lithic artefacts, she looks not only at their functional, but also symbolic aspects.
Whenever she finds the opportunity to do so, she bakes breads, cakes or cookies, and cruises around on her longboard.
Agata Hałuszko graduated in human biology at the University of Wrocław. Willing to explore the subject of physical anthropology of prehistoric societies, she became a PhD candidate at the Institute of Archaeology in Wrocław.
The scope of her scientific interests is very wide, though focused on the funerary aspect. She sees the burial as a multi-faceted phenomenon, not merely a place of human remains deposition. The remains itself are a source of traces of both the funeral rites and the taphonomic transformations, and constitute one of her main research subjects. Initially, she specialised in cremations. This allowed her to develop flexible work schemes based on solid methodological grounds.
She likes to step outside the stereotypical anthropologist box. She took active part in excavations, research projects, workshops and exhibitions in Poland, Ukraine and French Guiana. These experiences, combined with the flexibility, allow her to juggle many tasks at a time: skeletons several thousand years old, cremains and exhumations (such as the relocation of the Nieboczowy cemetery).
Currently, she researches the aspects of prehistoric cremation rites, as well as palaeopathologies found on Neolithic and early Bronze Age skeletons. She is particularly interested in dental abnormalities. Using CT scans in these contexts turned out to be very advantageous. In case of cremations, it allowed her to explore the urns and grave goods vessels in micro-scale. Skeleton-wise, it enabled her to visualise the pathologies, evaluate non-hereditary variations and digitalise bones destined to be sampled by destructive methods.
Privately, slowly but surely she is assembling her private cabinet of curiosities, hunting for them all over flea markets and mineral sales. Amateur philatelist. Favours stamps with pathologies: TB, malaria, leprosy. She loves Mirostowice Dolne ceramics and Ćmielów figurines.
Maciej Ehlert studied archaeology at the University of Wrocław. He wrote his MA and PhD theses there. While studying and after graduating he gathered considerable fieldwork experience (and perfectionism), working enthusiastically in many conditions and contexts. Rescue excavations and research digs; Medieval cities to hunter gatherer camps. He worked on projects in Israel and Sudan (three times so far). Stone Age archaeology in Europe and North Africa is what interests him most.
He is an expert in macroscopic lithic analysis. He puts an emphasis on the experimental approach to technological studies; he knapped replicas of various flint tools for museums.
In his free time he plays, tinkers with or builds various guitar-like instruments. Addicted to encyclopaedias, dictionaries and random facts.
Mateusz Krupski – an alumnus (MA in 2009) and a PhD candidate of Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław. Native of the city. He took part and led fieldwork in Poland, Germany, Ireland and Great Britain. He also participated in and coordinated grants financed by his University, the Polish National Science Centre and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. He was an intern at the University of Cambridge in 2013. He authored and co-authored many publications and conference presentations, both domestically and abroad. He also was one of the co-organisers of the Summer Field School of Archaeology in Pietrowice Wielkie, Poland (2015). Recently, he received a scholarship grant in the ETIUDA 5 program of the National Science Centre.
He specialises in geoarchaeological research, focusing on soils and sediments in archaeological contexts. For several years, he has been a part of the (initially) informal group of like-minded individuals that evolved into the Acheolodzy.org Foundation. An enthusiast of archaeology, with a healthy dose of scepticism.
He finds immense pleasure in listening to music.
Maksym Mackiewicz is a graduate of Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław. He writes a PhD there, too. The thesis is about Late Mediaeval and Early Modern artistic pottery.
Initially a medievalist, focused on settlement patterns and material culture. Now, he tries to position himself outside chronological and thematic boxes. He takes part in projects dedicated to the Neolithic cultural landscape, Medieval cities, and New World colonies. A universalist, he believes that narrow specialisations are disadvantageous, and that skills and knowledge should be flexible and adaptable to as many contexts as possible.
His current research can be tagged as landscape archaeology and aims to pinpoint the factors that determined locating the settlements, the organisation and use of the surrounding areas, as well as the causes and vectors of change in these aspects. Remote sensing (satellite and aerial imagery, LiDAR) and geophysical (mostly magnetic) prospection play key roles in that and are the mainstays of his professional activities. He is also an old hand in documentation. He favours digital methods – CAD, GIS, 3D scans, and photogrammetry – both in micro- and macro-scale.
He participated in many projects, in Poland, Ukraine, French Guiana and Egypt. He honed his skills during workshops, i. a. the Archaeolandcapes Europe program (2012, 2013, 2015) and the geophysical school of Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology (2016). An archaeological geophysicist, he is a member of the International Society of Archaeological Prospection and the European Association of Archaeologists.
Photography is his passion, for which (outside the excavation) he has less and less time. He collects cameras and photo albums.
Bartosz Myślecki graduated in archaeology at the University of Wrocław. Now, he is a PhD candidate with the Department of Archaeology of the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age.
Coordinating and organising fieldwork is his superpower. He is active in all its stages – geophysical prospection, excavation, digitalisation of the record and post-ex reports.
His scientific interests are very broad, with an emphasis on settlement networks in the Bronze Age.
Off-work, while not driving, he is seen most often with his trusty e-book reader.