|UNESCO #1137 - Kernavė Archaeological Site - LITHUANIA|
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Kernavė Mounds - LITHUANIA - UNESCO #1137
Today I received 5 amazing postcards from Lithuania sent by Anton. The first one shows the famous Kernavé Mounds - at a first glance they may seem like natural hills, but in fact are man made defensive structures that can be found a little all over Lithuania, but specially in this region. Thanks Anton, this is my 359th UNESCO site, so only 622 to finish my collection. This postcard took 6 days to arrive!
The Kernavė Archaeological site, about 35 km north-west of Vilnius in eastern Lithuania, represents an exceptional testimony to some 10 millennia of human settlements in this region. Situated in the valley of the River Neris, the site is a complex ensemble of archaeological properties, encompassing the town of Kernavė, forts, some unfortified settlements, burial sites and other archaeological, historical and cultural monuments from the late Palaeolithic Period to the Middle Ages. The site of 194,4 ha has preserved the traces of ancient land-use, as well as remains of five impressive hill forts, part of an exceptionally large defence system. Kernavė was an important feudal town in the Middle Ages.