The opening of the international archaeology exhibition entitled "Latvia and Poland: So Far Away and Yet So Close. More Than 100 Years of Common History" will take place on 7 March at 16.00 at the National Library of Latvia (Gallery on level M).
The surroundings of Viļaka (former Marienhausen) are closely connected with the Polish landed gentry and the Polish cultural heritage. Polish people have contributed not only to the development of the Polish culture, but also to the exploration of the past of the region, when these areas were inhabited by the Baltic tribe of Latgals (in Latvian: latgaļi). During the archaeological diggings conducted at the end of the 19th century by Polish scientist Zygmunt Gloger, a number of ancient items were found in Viļaka and its neighbourhood, which were later transported to Poland. These artefacts are material evidence of life in the neighbourhood of Viļaka in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The exhibition presents collections of the National Museum of Archaeology in Warsaw and the National History Museum of Latvia that originate from the cemeteries in Viļaka (former Marienhausen), Danilovka, Logini, Dzinaskalns and other places. It is supplemented by historical documents and pictures from the collections of Vilaka Regional Museum.
The exhibition will be open to the visitors till 14 April, 2019. Free entrance.
The exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Riga, the Embassy of the Republic Latvia in Warsaw, the National Museum of Archaeology in Warsaw, the National History Museum of Latvia, Viļaka Regional Museum, Catholic parishes in Viļaka and Šķilbēni, as well as the National Library of Latvia.
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National Library of Latvia