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Ilbaltas Zeltakalns Cup-Marked Stone (Ilbatu Zeltakalna bedrīšakmens)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Kurzeme
County:
Talsi
Parish:
Strazde
Other references to the location
On the SW slope of the Golden Hill (Zelta kalniņš), 2.5 m from its foot, 300 m N of the Āpji homestead.
Coordinates
lat=57.1324, lon=22.7806666667
57° 7' 56" N, 22° 46' 50" E
Description

Here is an ancient site consisting of an ancient burial hill and

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an ancient cult stone on its slope. As an ancient cult object only this small in size cup-marked stone is valuated. Its dimensions: length of 1.0 m, width of 0.95 m, height of 0.35 m. There are 5 cup marks carved into the stone. The largest of them is 1.4 cm deep, 6 cm in diameter. Red large crystal granite. The cup-marked stone was discovered in 2009 (L. Landmane, A. Grīnbergs), and it adds to the area of ancient cult stones with cup marks of a spherical form known in the surroundings of Talsi.

Narrative

The stone with an even surface is visible already from a distance when looking at the Golden Hill (Zelta kalniņš) partially overgrown with trees. Not far from the hill at its western part the small Ilbatupīte River flows. In the yard of the Āpji homestead a secular linden grows with the circumference of 4.08 m. All these objects together make up a local cultural scenery, which has been little affected by modern civilization. About the reasons of carving the cup marks, scholars have proposed more than 30 different versions, out of which the most credible ones are related to cult rituals held at such stones.

Attraction
Some
Availability
Rather easily accessible. There are no information signs. One has to head from the Āpji homestead across a meadow about 300 m in N direction.
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
0 - 9
Publicity
Known
Legal Status
Private
Comments
In the Golden Hill (Zelta kalniņš) or the Ilbatas ancient burial ground after the World War I, there was a human scull found and chain holder with shackles. It is presumed that in the hillock there is an ancient burial ground, but it was also in paralel or in other times used as a cult site.

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