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Archaeological Discoveries: New Research at the Palace of the Grand Dukes

11 March–27 September 2020
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

On March 11, 2020, in commemoration of 30 years since the restoration of Lithuania's independence, the exhibition Archaeological Discoveries: New Research at the Palace of the Grand Dukes is opening at the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

Archaeological excavation work began in this territory during the National Revival years. It is symbolic that as the country was regaining its independence, archaeologists were simultaneously uncovering a wealth of cultural heritage testifying to Lithuania's historic statehood that had been non-existent, for all intents and purposes, for 200 years. Three decades of systematic excavation work provided a great deal of knowledge about the greatness of Lithuania's history and its European cultural identity. When the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania was reconstruced, it became possible to integrate the uncovered archaeological heritage into the museum's permanent expositions housed in the historic residence.

The exhibition presents artefacts found during archaeological research conducted in the cellars of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in 2019–2020: this includes ceramic works, jewellery, unique imported ceramic and glass beaker shards, Eastern abstracted chess pieces and zooarcheological material from the late 13th to the 14th centuries. The splendid late 13th–14th century works, and the variety of animals used for food shows that Vilnius was inhabited by people from a high social class, and reflects the significance of the castle as one of the most important residences of the Lithuanian grand dukes.

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National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

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2020-03-09
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