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Traditional Latvian cooking at Araisi summer feast, Latvia

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C: Ancient Latgalian settlement at the Araisi lake, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 140 meters away

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D: Daily life of ancient Latgalian in Araisi dwelling site, Latvia

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This reconstruction portrays an Iron Age dwelling and workshop of a Latgalian jewelry maker.

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