RAGINĖNAI MOUND WITH A SETTLEMENT “RAGANŲ KALNAS”

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Mound Raginėnai looms in Raginėnai village, which belongs to Pakalniškiai eldership, in the territory of Radviliškis district municipality. The mound is equipped on the upland on the left bank of the Daugyvenė River, and, according to conducted archaeological research, dates back to the II millennium – I millennium Before Common Era.

The platform of the mound is rectangular, oblong, 200 m2 in size. A rampart, 1,5-3 meters high and 17 meters wide, is heaped in the northern and western edges of the mound. There is a 5 meter wide terrace on the northern and western slopes below the top of the rampart. Having descended 4 meters below the terrace, there is a 20 meter wide, 3 meter deep ditch on the northern foot, beyond which a 2 meter high, 12 meter wide rampart is heaped. The latter was supposed to surround the western foot of the mound, but here, it is completely destroyed. The slopes of the mound are steep, 9 meters high, land lies waste, and due to the visitors’ flow, the trails on the northern slope are starting to erode.

In 1996, Raginėnai mound was explored by Lithuanian archaeologists’ expedition. On the northern and western foots of the mound, in the area of 3,74 hectares, the settlement of the foot was found. A cultural layer, whose thickness is up to 20 centimetres, with a fireplace, a place for a column, a small clay weight, a rough, smooth and thrown pottery, animal bones was discovered. Two burial mounds dating back to the 2-7th centuries AD were discovered near the mound. They were explored during archaeological expeditions in 1829, 1909 and 1910.

Raginėnai mound can be reached going along Pakalniškiai-Rozalimas road, turning right short of the road to Burbiškis, and after going about 200 meters along the cart-road up to the foot of the mound.

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