Archaeologists unearth 13th-14th century graves in Vilnius' Verkiai Manor Park

  • 2024-05-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Archaeologists from the Antiqua archaeological project center have unearthed graves dating back to the 13th-14th centuries in the north-western part of the Verkiai Manor Park in Vilnius, the National Museum of Lithuania said on Wednesday.

While the burial site from this period was found back in 2008, the archaeological research was resumed this spring to precisely define its boundaries and dating.

The archaeological research was led by archaeologist Robertas Zukovskis and commissioned by the Directorate of Pavilniai and Verkiai Regional Parks. 

The artifacts will undergo conservation and restoration at the National Museum's Restoration Center.

The Verkiai Manor Estate is located on the outskirts of Vilnius, with one edge facing the Neris River and the other bordering Jeruzale, Naujieji Verkiai and Verkiai Forest.

The manor ensemble features a number of well-preserved buildings and small architectural details. The Verkiai Manor Park was established in the late 18th century, consisting of lower and upper parks. The lower park did not survive.