It is now fifty years since the ancient settlement of Biskupin was discovered.
1. GV PAN FROM Lake TO ancient settlement of Biskupin. 0.13
2. SV TILT DOWN FROM Fortress wall TO wooden stakes embedded in ground PAN TO main entrance. 0.24
3. SV PAN Wall surrounding settlement TO back-entrance. 0.30
4. CU PULL BACK TO GV Living quarters inside fortress. 0.43
5. CU Skylight on top of thatched roof. 0.46
6. GV ZOOM INTO SV Wooden pathway between two huts, enclosed by wooden fence. 0.53
7. GVs Watchtower at main entrance. (3 SHOTS) 1.04
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Background: BISKUPIN, POLAND
It is now fifty years since the ancient settlement of Biskupin was discovered. The township, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Bydgoszcz, was built two and a half thousand years ago on the lake of the same name. It is often referred to as Poland's Pompeii and it consists of a hundred or so long houses. They were re-discovered in 1933 by a local schoolteacher. Excavation work at the partly-submerged site has enabled archaeologists to unearth the perfectly preserved city, thought to be one of the oldest centres of the once flourishing Lusatian culture. The long huts, of similar size and shape, are arranged in thirteen rows along parallel streets and protected by a high wooden palisade. There are two openings in the strong, oval-shaped rampart. The main entrance to the settlement, a large double-gate topped by a watch-tower, gives access to a bridge which joins the island to the mainland. Historians believe the fortified township was built in about 500 B.C., by Slav ancestors of Poland's present day inhabitants who tilled the land for a living. Utensils found on the site indicate their owners were skilled in the arts of carpentry and pottery, while metal implements proved they were able to forge weapons to defend themselves. The Biskupin finds have been shown at exhibitions in Eastern and Western Europe, and in North Africa. Experts in Britain are now planning to build replicas of Biskupin log houses for a forthcoming exhibition in the United Kingdom to mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery.