A doctoral dissertation published by archaeologist Dalia Pokutta from the University of Gothenburg on Oct. 7, 2013, is the first to document the first known encounter between Bronze Age Swiss people and Bronze Age people in the Silesia area of Poland.
The first encounter involved the travels of a young man possibly born in Skåne (the southernmost part of Sweden) who traveled over 500 miles to Wroclaw in Poland where he met a violent death. The young man was killed by Polish farmers along with two local females as the result of a romantic encounter. The events occurred over 3800 years ago and are documented by archaeological and forensic evidence that included isotopic analysis of the human remains.
The research explores never before known aspects of the Central European Bronze Age (Unetice) culture, is the largest isotopic analysis of Bronze Age artifacts in Central Europe ever attempted, and has produced a treasure trove of new discoveries.
One of the most important findings of the study was the high rate of travel over relatively long distances and the high rate of mingling of Swiss, Polish, Hungarian, German, and Czech people and culture. The level of trade was very high and exceeded what archaeologists had considered to be relevant before this work was published.
Pokutta found a much higher level of knowledge of astronomy, metallurgy, and architectural skills in the early Bronze Age European culture than has been discovered before