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Ulmale Piņņi Stone with bowl-shaped hollow (Ulmales Piņņu bļodakmens)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Kurzeme
County:
Pāvilosta
Parish:
Saka
Other references to the location
In Ulmale, about 700 m E from the Liepāja–Ventspils highway, about 70 m W from Jaunozoli homestead, in a rather open place at a small gravel road, next to a stand of several trees. The former Ozoli, now Silmales, homestead at which the stone is often oriented is situated further — 200 m E from the stone.
Coordinates
lat=56.9317166667, lon=21.2813333333
56° 55' 54" N, 21° 16' 52" E
Description

A very expressive bowl-shaped stone. Its dimensions: length 1.27 m, width 1.15 m, height 0.70 m, circumference 4.08 m. The depth of the bowl 12–16 cm, diameter 58–62 cm. Thickness of the stone sides at the bowl 25–35 cm. The bowl-shaped stone has the traditional grooves in its sides common for the stones of this kind. They are 3–4 cm wide, up to 1.5 cm deep, the total number of the grooves is 46.

Narrative

The best known cylindric stone with a bowl-shape hollow in Latvia, an archeological monument. Written sources report that it was also called Dieveklis Stone. The hollow stone was overturned, however, in 1981 J. Sudmalis’ nature enthusiasts group “Dižakmens” positioned it vertically. The stone has a typical hollow characteristic to the culturally/historically significant stones of this kind. The stones with a bowl-shape hollow are considered ancient cult stones in the hollows of which small sacrifices could be laid.

Attraction
Excellent
Availability
Easily accessible. There are signs from the Liepāja–Ventspils highway. It lies on the side of the road approximately 70 m W from Jaunozoli homestead.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
The site is facilitated and

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maintained in a good condition. The facilities are looked after by the surrounding home owners and enthusiasts. Grass is mown around the stone. There is the brown information sign on the Liepāja–Ventspils highway. There ar
Capacity
10 - 40
Publicity
Popular
Legal Status
Private
Comments
The bowl-shaped stone is popular both in the parish as well as generally and is often called a sacrifice stone. Small sacrifices are laid on the stone, however, there are no data about oblation cases.
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