Remains of medieval soldier found in Lithuanian lake

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Archaeologists and divers have unearthed the remains of a medieval soldier from the underwater slope of Lake Asveja in eastern Lithuania. 

Remains of medieval soldier found in Lithuanian lake
Credit: A. Matiukas



The human remains were found under a layer of mud and sand at a depth of nine meters during an underwater examination of the remains of the old Dubingiai bridge, said Elena Pranckenaite. The underwater find, she said, was not a burial and was the first of its kind in Lithuania.

Personal belongings found nearby, including a sword, well-preserved leather boots and two knives, suggest that the remains belonged to a medieval soldier. The find can be dated to the 16th century.

Remains of medieval soldier found in Lithuanian lake

Remains of medieval soldier found in Lithuanian lake
Credit: G. Krakauskas



Anthropologists have preliminarily identified the remains as those of a young man. The cause of death could not be determined.

The remains are now being examined at the Faculty of Medicine at Vilnius University, and the archaeological finds have been sent to the Lithuanian National Museum for conservation.

Remains of medieval soldier found in Lithuanian lake
Credit: G. Krakauskas

The bottom of Lake Asveja has been intermittently explored using underwater archaeological methods since 1998.

Source: LRT [November 13, 2020]

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