500 year old medieval warrior found at the bottom of the lake
The first such find in Lithuania: the remains of a warrior from the Middle Ages were discovered at the bottom of Lake Asveja. At the bottom of Lake Asveja (the longest lake in Lithuania, located in Vilnius, Švenčeni and Molėtai districts) archaeologists and divers discovered the remains of a medieval warrior and several more relics from the Middle Ages.
The find was made at an old wooden bridge near the city of Dubingiai at a depth of 9 m under a layer of silt and sand, according to archaeologist Elana Pranckenaite. According to her, this is a unique and first such find in Lithuania, when a random object was discovered, not a burial place. According to preliminary data, these are the remains and relics of a warrior from the Middle Ages. According to Pranckėnaitė, this is evidenced by a sword found nearby, well-preserved leather high boots with spurs, two knives (one in a leather sheath), the remains of belts. The find is tentatively dated to the 16th century.
The researchers were amazed that the leather items were preserved well enough: the details of clothing, and the scabbard, and the straps. According to preliminary data from anthropologists, these are the remains of a young man, the study is ongoing. Archaeologists have been exploring the bottom of Lake Asveja since 1998.
Many medieval relics were found there: the remains of an old bridge, its horizontal structures and finds dating back to the 16th – 17th centuries: crockery shards, pieces of tiles, tiles, bricks, metal building parts. The place of the crossing was also discovered, the remains of wooden canoes from different periods – some of them from the Stone Age.