The Beginnings of Castles in Poland

04 Apr ‘16

12.00PM - 1.00PM
Speaker: Dr Michał Wojenka, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University of Kraków

Venue: Room D3, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

This public lecture will give an overview of the first stone castles built in the Middle Ages on the territory that became Poland. It will explore the earliest examples of castles built in Lower Silesia (Wleń and Legnica) from the 1160s to the 1330s (including the castles of Kraków and Rytro). The oldest stone-made defence structures will be examined in the context of contemporary wood and earthen fortifications, which were still very visible in the landscape of that time.  In order to better understand these changes in Polish military architecture, the political conditions of the Polish lands in the 13th and earlier 14th century will be discussed. 

Dr Michał Wojenka (PhD) works in the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University (Kraków). His research interests are primarily medieval fortified sites and spelaeoarchaeology. Since 2006 he has lead the excavations at Ojców castle near Kraków (c. 1350 – c. 1800). He is the author of more than 30 articles.


This public lecture is open to all. Please RSVP to Professor Richard Oram at

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