Pruszcz Gdański – open air museum

History

   Between 2nd century B.C. and 5th century A.D. the area of ​​today’s Pruszcz Gdański, as well as its immediate surroundings, was one of the most significant settlements in Pomerania. Pruszcz Gdański was at that time at lagoon lake, guaranteeing a direct connection to the sea. Thus, this area was one of the final points on the route connecting the amber coast of the Baltic with the areas of the Roman Empire. The location at the lake influenced both the development of trade contacts and the diet of the inhabitants with marine products. Apart from the hydrological factors, the development of settlements was affected by the favorable, lowland terrain, as well as the fertile soils of the Vistula’s Żuławy. The area of ​​Pruszcz was an important center of provincial and long-distance trade.
  
The oldest descriptions of archaeological finds from Pruszcza Gdańsk date back to the end of the 19th century, while the earliest archeological investigations have been carried out since the beginning of the 20th century. Unfortunately most of the pre-World War II findings have been destroyed or lost. Intensive research started again in the 1960s and continued in the following decades.

Current state

     The Trading post in Pruszcz Gdański is a reconstruction of the settlement from the period of Roman influences, dating back to the period of splendor and the end of the Roman Empire from the 1st to the 4th century AD. It refers to the Amber Route that was functioning at that time. It consists of the leader’s hut, where are displayed exhibits of collections from the Gdańsk Archaeological Museum, the market hall where you can see a collection of reconstructed Roman era costumes, the ambermen hut reconstructing the craftsman’s workplace, and the smith’s hut, which is house reconstruction from the epoch of Roman influences. Also you can see a replica of a trade cart, stone circle reconstruction, animal farm, archery track and merchant stalls. The settlement is surrounded by a pallisade with four gate towers.
    
On the premises of the openair museum are organized cyclical shows and workshops, in which visitors can take part. You can find, among other things, the secrets of pottery burning, smithing, fabric dyeing, try your own in the forge, and taste fish from the historical reconstruction of the smokehouse and other dishes prepared with old techniques. In the summer time is available for visitors an archery track.

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bibliography:
Website faktoria-pruszcz.pl.
Website wikipedia.org, Faktoria Handlowa w Pruszczu Gdańskim.