Divers and archaeologists in Lithuania have found the remains of a medieval soldier in a lake. The discovery is offering researchers the opportunity to understand more about the people of the Middle Ages. This is because many of the medieval soldier’s personal belongings were discovered in a great state of preservation. The remains of the soldier may be linked to one of the most important castles in the Baltic region in medieval times.
Lake Asveja is the largest lake in Lithuania. According to the Baltic Course , the lake ‘has been intermittently explored using underwater archaeological methods since 1998’. Many finds have been retrieved from the waters and these include the remains of boats and possibly a ferry, and also the poles of what has become known as the Old Dubingiai bridge. The old bridge was found not far from a present-day bridge that is still in use. Artifacts from the 16th and 17th century have been found beneath the waters of the lake as well.
During a recent dive, something amazing was found. Some human remains were uncovered at the bottom of the lake. LRT English quotes archaeologist Elena Pranckenaite as saying that “The human remains were found under a layer of mud and sand at a depth of nine meters.” A floating water pump was used to remove the silt and sediment from the remains. The human remains were revealed by carefully removing sludge and sand. Ms. Pranckenaite told LRT English that “the underwater find, which was not a burial, was unique and the first of its kind in Lithuania.”
Sputnik News states that ‘According to initial investigations by anthropologists, the discovery is said to be the remains of a young man’. It is believed that the young man was a medieval soldier. This was based on the artifacts found on the remains.
A sword was found next to the body and two knives and some leather objects such as straps were also recovered. The young man had died wearing some sturdy leather boots. All of these items have been preserved in the sediment in the lake floor, to the amazement of the divers and the archaeologists.
Anthropologists could not estimate the date of the remains from a study of the bones. However, a study of the sword and other objects allowed experts to identify the period when the soldier lived. BNS reports that ‘these finds can be dated to the 16th century’.