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Ancient Latgalian settlement at the Araisi lake, Latvia

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Excavations carried out in Araisi revealed ancient Latgalian settlement, dating back to the 9-10th century.

Today the lake dwelling is partially reconstructed and visitors can see rebuilt prehistoric Latgalian wooden buildings. During the excavations remains of 151 wooden buildings were discovered, with 3700 artefacts, and about a hundred thousand fragments of pottery found.

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A: Ancient Latgalian kids at Araisi lake dwelling site, Latvia

de Vil Muhametshin, la mai putin de 10 metri

Ancient Latgalian kids at Araisi lake dwelling site, Latvia

B: Ancient Latgalians at Araisi lake dwelling site, Latvia

de Vil Muhametshin, la distanta de 10 metri

Ancient Latgalians at Araisi lake dwelling site, Latvia

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

de Vil Muhametshin, la distanta de 10 metri

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

Daily life of ancient Latgalian in Araisi dwelling site, Latvia

D: Traditional Latvian cooking at Araisi summer feast, Latvia

de Vil Muhametshin, la distanta de 140 metri

Traditional Latvian cooking at Araisi summer feast, Latvia

E: Stone Age bread baking at the Araisi lake dwelling site, Latvia

de Vil Muhametshin, la distanta de 370 metri

Stone Age bread baking at the Araisi lake dwelling site, Latvia

F: Irbites2

de Kaspars, la 3.7 km distanta

Irbites2

G: Irbites3

de Kaspars, la 3.7 km distanta

Irbites3

H: Amatciems Irbites

de Kaspars, la 3.8 km distanta

Amatciems Irbites

I: Fountain

de Jonas Nosalis, la 6.6 km distanta

Līvu Square Location: On the crossroad of Līvu and Riga streetsServices: Town's original market squar...

Fountain

J: Cesis, Riga street

de Jonas Nosalis, la 6.7 km distanta

Cesis, Riga street

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Text by Steve Smith.

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