Krakus Mound

Krak贸w, Poland

Krakus Mound


Krakus Mound (Polish: kopiec Krakusa), also called the Krak Mound, is a tumulus located in the Podg贸rze district of Krak贸w, Poland; thought to be the resting place of Krak贸w's mythical founder, the legendary King Krakus. It is located on Lasota Hill, approximately 3 kilometres (2聽mi) south of Krak贸w's city centre, at an altitude of 271 metres (889聽ft), with a base diameter of 60 metres (197聽ft) and a height of 16 metres (52聽ft). Together with nearby Wanda Mound, it is one of Krak贸w's two prehistoric mounds as well as the oldest man-made structure in Krak贸w. Nearby are also two other non-prehistoric, man-made mounds, Ko艣ciuszko Mound, constructed in 1823, and Pi艂sudski's Mound, completed in 1937. These four make up Krak贸w's four memorial mounds.

The age and the original purpose of the mound remain a mystery, although religious and memorial purposes have been ascribed to the mounds. Excavations conducted in mid-1930s revealed that the mound consists of a solid wooden core covered with soil and turf. Some artifacts dating from between the 8th and 10th centuries were found inside, but no human remains or bones were discovered. According to another hypothesis the mound is of Celtic origin and dates from the 2nd-1st century BCE. Mythical origins are also connected to the mound. Krakus is said to have been constructed to honour the death of King Krakus when mourning townspeople filled their sleeves with sand and dirt and brought it to the site of the Krakus Mound to create a mountain that would rule over the rest of the landscape, as King Krakus had. Originally, four smaller mounds ringed the Krakus Mound, but they were demolished in the 19th century to create Krak贸w's city wall.

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