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Strazde Church Hill (Strazdes Baznīckalns)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Kurzeme
County:
Talsi
Parish:
Strazde
Other references to the location
In a meadow next to the Strazde Hill Fort, about 100 m from it.
Coordinates
lat=57.1390666667, lon=22.7624833333
57° 8' 20" N, 22° 45' 44" E
Description

An ancient cult site typical to many other hill forts of Kurzeme, there too it is located in direct proximity to the hill fort. It is about 4 m high and

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20 x 40 m large hill overgrown with scarce deciduous trees. The slopes of the hill had been dug up with old gravel pits, since the beginning of the 20th century or even earlier a large number of stones collected from the nearby fields have been heaped into them. In none of those stones did scholars find any traces of cult stones.

Narrative

According to archaeological excavations performed under the leadership of E. Šturms in 1937, in the hill ten sacrificial pits of the 11th–14th centuries were found. Judging by the artefacts, they are attributed to the Kurši. Such cult hills with sacrificial pits are little known, and their deeper study is still a future task.

Attraction
Some
Availability
Quite easily accessible. There are no information signs. From the Strazde Hill Fort one has to walk across a meadow about 100 m.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
There have been no facilitation and maintenance works performed within the territory, no indication signs. The object is overgrown and not managed.
Local info
There is no information stand on site
Capacity
10 - 40
Publicity
Known
Legal Status
Private
Comments
The nearby hill fort had been badly demolished in the Soviet Times — in 1987.

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