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Mūrnieki 2nd Cup-Marked Stone (Mūrnieku 2. bedrīšakmens)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Kurzeme
County:
Aizpute
Parish:
Cīrava
Other references to the location
In the forests of the Durbe River left bank between Dunalka and

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Cīrava. In a deciduous forest about 200 m E from Mūrnieki homestead, on the S edge of a clearing, 10 m from it, in the underbrush, next to a small path, 90 m NE from the Mūrnieki 1st Cup-Marked Stone.
Coordinates
lat=56.7032166667, lon=21.3464
56° 42' 11" N, 21° 20' 47" E
Description

A cup-marked stone and a stone of archaeological significance. Dimensions: length 1.55 m, width 1.15 m, height 0.70 m, circumference 4.50 m, volume 1 m3. Granite — orange- ruddy. The stone surface has unevenly eroded. There are no significant cracks. It is possible that the stone lies in its original place, but it might have been slightly moved as well because the above-the-ground volume of the stone is close to 100 %. Covered with a very large layer of moss.

Narrative

There are 4 cup marks in the surface of the cup-marked stone, the deepest of them is 1.7 cm deep and 6 cm in the diametre. The other three cup marks are smaller and shallower. Together with the two other ancient cult stones known here the stone creates something like a complex. Regarding the purpose of creating cup-marked stones scholars have suggested more than 30 different versions the most likely of which are connected with cult rituals which have taken place at such stones.

Attraction
Average
Availability
Difficult to access. There are no information signs. One should walk 155 m SE from the Mūrnieki homestead along wet animal paths, through an underbrushy forest. It is difficult to find without a guide, appropriate footwear needed.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
There have been no facilitation and maintenance works performed within the territory, no indication signs., the stone lies in an overgrown forest.
Local info
There is no information stand on site
Capacity
0 - 9
Publicity
Known
Legal Status
Private
Comments
The cup-marked stone was discovered by Andris Grīnbergs on 18th August, 2005.
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