In Wrocław there are over two hundred of them, thousands of citizens and tourists stumble upon these figurines made of bronze. By now, they have permanently blended into the city landscape. However, do we really know where they had come from, how many of them live beneath the ground or what were the beginnings of the legend that inspires the creation of more and more statuettes? A surprisingly large dose of scientific information on these topics may be found in an archeological study written by Mr. Cezary Buśko (PhD).
The book has just been released by “Gajt” publishing house, and as every serious scientific paper, describes the daily life of dwarves since the ancient times. Among other things, we can read there that: ‘For centuries, the very physical existence of dwarves was denied, with all news about them classified as fairy tales and al items from dwarvish workshops said to be human-made.
Only recent years have brought some scientific research focused on dwarves (…). Material relics of dwarvish culture have been uncovered during the recent decades at many archeological digs in different parts of Europe, however they have had to await their proper identification until 2003. That year, next to St. Elisabeth’s Church in Wrocław, relics of dwarvish prehistoric and medieval settlements were uncovered.
Many items for daily use were found and are now displayed at the Museum of Dwarves. Due to the size of these items, they could not have been used as human working tools. The size indicates, that in order to make use of them, the user had to be between 10 and 30cm tall (or rather – short).
Mr. Buśko’s book describes various spheres of dwarves’ daily existence, starting from labour, through dwellings and transportation, to forms of fine arts. All of them documented with pictures of findings made during archeological works in Central Europe and the area of the Mediterranean Sea.
The book is available at the publisher’s website (www.gajt.pl), at the PWN Bookshop in Wrocław, 56 Kuźnicza Street, at the “Pod Arkadami” Bookshop, 49 Świdnicka Street and at the Tourist Information Centre, 14 Market Square.
Cezary Buśko, “Daily Lives of Dwarves in Ancient and Medieval Times. An archeological Study”, published by “Gajt”, Wrocław 2012.