Seminar “Historical evidence of underwater in Latvia and Aluksne” was taken place in Aluksne last week. During the seminar we were be able to meet and learn more about underwater archaeology and find out details about diving equipment and take part in demonstrations. The seminar was led by professional divers, who got both diving and underwater archaeology certificates. Underwater archaeologists inspected the historical bridge site into Aluksne lake. Research work was filmed.
On May 10th, the National Heritage Board in cooperation with Nõo Parish Council organized a maintenance day to trim the surroundings of Nõo Jaagupi tarand-graves. There were not many participants, but the team was big enough and well equipped to clean and tidy the area in only a few hours. The smaller grave (registry no 12907) was covered with brushwood. The area was cleared with a brushcutter and cleaned to make the small stony heap a little bit more visible.
This year’s popular archaeology magazine Tutulus has been printed and can be found attached to magazine Horisont (1/2014). Tutulus is filled with recent stories about Estonian archaeology and the doings of archaeologists. In addition to news stories and features, some reviews will be given and there is a children’s page and a crossword! Also, the web page of Tutulus has been completed, as well.
Põlva Ühisgümnaasium is one of the two schools where archaeology is in the list of voluntary alternative subjects. The Archaeology tutor is Liia Vijand, the teacher of History and Social Studies who has also studied archaeology. Delightfully, the amount of students who have chosen to take the Archaeology course is rather large. During the course, the everyday life of archaeologists is explained with the emphasis on the work that is done outside the excavation season.
On January 15, pupils from Aluksnes district participated in a seminar in the ancient jewellery forge. The seminar was organized for the pupils with an active interest and understanding of history. The jeweller Daumants Kalnins emphasized that his task is to show antiques in appearance as they were when they were made and worn. To do so, he has carefully studied many ancient artefacts, looked for the manufacturing techniques, found out their wearing tradition and meaning.
Holiday greetings from the AAC team! Image by M.
On 29th November 2013 within the Latvian-Estonian-Russian cross-border project “Archaeology, authority & community: cooperation to protect archaeological heritage” the Project Manager from the Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia Guntis Gerhards and the State and Project Coordinator Antonija Vilcāne had a meeting with members of Alūksne County Council as well as parish managers from the county and a number of county professionals (land surveyors,...
On 30th October 2013 within the Latvian-Estonian-Russian cross-border project “Archaeology, authority & community: cooperation to protect archaeological heritage” the Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia, in cooperation with history teacher Iveta Mikijanska of E. Gliks Alūksne State High School, organized an information days event for the local history teachers from Alūksne and Ape.
On December 4 2013, the staff of ГБУК «Археологический центр Псковской области» visited the middle school of the village Jamm in Gdov region (Pskov oblast) and held an information day with the topic ”Archaeology in my region”. The participants of the information day were educated on archaeology, the nature and forming of occupational layers, what the archaeologists do and why they do not approve the use of metal detectors.
On November 2, the participants of the student archaeology club in Pskov participated in the inspection of archaeological monuments that were located on the eastern side of Lake Pskov. The itinerary of the inspection was through the northern part of the Pskov region. Altogether, seven monuments were visited: barrow cemetery near Грядище, barrow cemetery near Новоселье, barrow.