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September 26

Prilwitz Idols

The Prilwitz idols are figurines allegedly found in the 1760s in the German village of Prilwitz (today part of Hohenzieritz) near the lake Tollen-See, in Mecklemburg. The figurines were originally described as artefacts coming from a pagan shrine in Rethra (Radogoszcz), a town mostly inhabited by Polabian Slavs, and supposedly represented Slavic deities, among them Radogost.

Contested from the beginning, those ancient Slavic origins were eventually refuted during the 19th century. Today the Prilwitz idols are arguably the most famous case of archaelogical forgery in the field of Slavic history.

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