On Saturday, November 18, Latvia celebrates the 105th anniversary of the country's independence, with numerous events taking place throughout the country. Many of these are being shown live on Latvian Television (LTV) and on LSM.
Archaeological excavations in Riga's Svētā Jēkaba (Saint Jacob) Cathedral have lasted for five years. During them, amazing scenes and facts were discovered, including a real "bone chamber" or ossuary and several significant burials.
While the largest events connected to Latvia's independence day on November 18 are inevitably found in the capital city, Rīga, the smaller cities and far-flung regions of the country also offer plenty of celebratory opportunities. Here is a selection. It is far from comprehensive, so to find more, check your local municipality's website.
For several years, the exhibition of the Museum of Occupation in the former KGB building or 'corner house' has been one of the most popular foreign tourist attractions. But the museum occupies only a small part of the building. The rest is empty and requires urgent work at the moment – if not, the museum might face closure, Latvian Television's 'Culture News' reported November 9.
Preparatory work for the start of the renovation of historic Rudbārži Manor have taken longer than originally expected, so its use as a military academy by the Colonel Oskars Kalpaks Vocational High School could only start in September 2026, reports Latvian Radio.
The darkest time of the year in Latvia is also the time of the festival of light and freedom. The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia invites the public to light up the dark 'corner house' and commemorate those who once sacrificed freedom on behalf of Latvia by donating a flashlight that will be placed in the windows of the building from November 11 to 18.
A shipwreck tha excited historians in 2021 when it was unexpactedly revealed by the Baltic Sea provided a rare opportunity for researchers – but eventually had to be reburied because Latvia has no capacity for preserving such finds, according to archaeologist Jānis Meinerts, speaking on Latvian Radio.
The Latvian War Museum has received a testimony of the Russian war in Ukraine – a Russian army's unmanned aircraft “Orlan-10”, which was neutralized by Ukrainian defenders. This drone is the first exhibit that describes the era of drone wars in Latvian museums, Latvian Television reported on August 8.
Many people associate the word 'archaeology' with an image of people armed with a trowel and a brush standing in an excavation trench, patiently unearthing historical evidence layer by layer. However, in addition to this, there is also another type of research – experimental archeology – which involves making artefacts and testing techniques in order to better understand the technologies of the past.