Centre for Applied Archaeology
Leader of the group – dr Kamil Adamczak
The Center for Applied Archaeology (CAA) was established to strengthen one of the main directions of scientific activity of the Department of Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, related to the use of modern instrumental techniques in archaeological practice and the internationalization of research results. The main research area of the CAA is issues of the oldest metallurgy in the Polish lands, with particular emphasis on the study of the provenance of raw material and the organization of foundry workshops. Geoprospecting research will be carried out at key prehistoric sites in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province, including relics of the northeasternmost Neolithic rondel in Europe at Tylicki and defensive settlements of the Lusatian culture population of Kuyavia and Chełmno Land. Besides, the CAA’s activities will include research on the production and use of prehistoric ceramic vessels using lipid analysis and paleoproteomics.
Dr. Kamil Adamczak – is an employee of the Department of Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. From 2008 to 2013 he was employed at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw at the Stone Age Department. His research interests revolve around the Younger Stone Age and Early Bronze Age in Central Europe, and in recent years, also issues concerning the oldest metallurgy and pottery in the Polish lands. In 2017, he led the NCN Miniatura1 grant entitled. “Application of advanced instrumental methods in the study of prehistoric ceramics. Pilot studies.” He is the author of dozens of chapters in scientific monographs and articles, published in Nature Human Behaviour, Antiquity, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Royal Society Open Science, among others.