600-year old furnace found in Rīga castle

A new object has been discovered in the course of the construction work of Riga Castle. Experts estimate it could be an around 600-year-old kitchen hearth or furnace, said Renārs Griškevičs, chair of the State Real Estate (VNĪ) May 24.

The historical findings are currently being uncovered and cleaned.

“The discovered structures refer to the oldest building period of the castle – the 14th to 15th century. (..) The exposed brick wall could be a hearth for cooking or a heating device. We have very uniform ideas about such structures in Latvia. The surface of the finding is fragile, so that it is covered with special plates to protect the object from inadvertent damage during its covering. An in-depth archaeological study will be carried out after the site has been uncovered,” said archaeologist Mārtiņš Lūsēns.

 “In order to preserve the cultural heritage of Latvia, we shall be responsible for each find. Construction work at Riga Palace is a challenging and technically complex process, since there is a history throughout, so research work is continuing in parallel with the construction works. It is an intensive, continuous work in close cooperation with contractors, architects and cultural heritage experts. After the project has been implemented, it should take the first place in the ranking of Latvian cultural monuments in terms of the quality of the restoration,” said Griškevičs.

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