Renaissance tiles have been unearthed at the site of a ruined castle in Żelechów, eastern Poland.
The enamelled ceramic pieces come from a heater and show various plant and animal patterns, human figures and coats of arms. “The next step of the research is to try to reconstruct the stove tiles, hopefully combining them into larger fragments,” says Wojciech Bis of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, who directs the project.
The castle, which once belonged to the noble house of Ciołek, is first mentioned in historical sources at the end of the 15th century, but was destroyed by fire in the 17th century. The site was identified by airborne laser scanning in a marshy area and excavations have been ongoing since 2017.