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Padambji Cup-Marked Stone (Padambju bedrīšakmens)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Kurzeme
County:
Grobiņa
Parish:
Grobiņa
Other references to the location
About 1 km from Grobiņa town border in the direction of Riga, 150 m from Rīga–Liepāja highway, on its 185th kilometre, on the left side, in the gentle slope of the Ālande River valley, in a meadow, on the land of the Padambji homestead. 20 m from the stone towards the highway there is a high-voltage electric line.
Coordinates
lat=56.5392833333, lon=21.2060666667
56° 32' 21" N, 21° 12' 21" E
Description

aeological significance. Dimensions: length 2.75 m, width 2.15 m, height 1.40 m, circumference 7.90 m, volume 4 m3. Granite — brown-reddish, from the dark minerals it mainly contains biotite. The stone surface is severely eroded. It is split by a natural system of cracks, which has significantly spread or has been artificially enlarged. One fragment of the stone has split off. The stone, most likely, has been slightly moved and

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is not any more positioned as it was in its original site.

Narrative

One of the most significant cup-marked stones in Latvia. The number of cup marks is at least 223. The cup marks are mainly located on the E side (according to the current location) and in the E part of the top surface – approximately up to the middle. Among the cup marks there are several deep grooves which are best visible on the NE side of the stone. The first data about the stone were presented by Andžis Makbets in 1972, later it was studied by J. Sudmalis, V. Grāvītis and many other explorers. The stone has been described in various literature sources and in the press.

Attraction
Excellent
Availability
Easily accessible. There are no information signs. Walk 150 m along the meadow road away from the Rīga–Liepāja highway.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
From the highway there is a trodden path.
Local info
There is no information stand on site
Capacity
10 - 40
Publicity
Popular
Legal Status
Private
Comments
Around the stone there are small, withering sweet briar bushes, which now are more of a disturbance rather than decoration. In 2012 the stone is not yet under the state protection as an archaeological monument.
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