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Āraišu arheoloģiskais muzejparks (LV)
Araisi ArchaeologicalPark at the Latvian National History Museum. Between 1965-1975, near Cesis in Latvia, a fortress was excavated in a lake, dating to the 9th century AD. The excavating archaeologist, Prof. Apals, found himself 25 years later leading the on-site , leading to the first in this Baltic country.
It is now one of the best visited museums of Latvia, branch of the National for History. The museum counts besides the reconstructed lake fortress also a small village and an original castle ruin.
The museum has ties with the Latvian national identity / culture but also combines natural and cultural heritage. During events, Latvian folklore sometimes plays a role as well as groups which include professional silver smiths and ceramists. Guides are wearing living history costume.
The houses are on average about 26 square metres large – very small, but fitting the archaeological evidence. The museum is an attempt to present the past in an absorbing, educative and sometimes entertaining way, based on facts. High authenticity in , ceramics and textiles are what the museum is known for.
There are walking trails in the surrounding past monuments of archaeological or historical importance.
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