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Ķintu Aka, Latvia
Ķintu Aka / Gatis Pāvils / CC BY 3.0
Although little known internationally, there are megalithic monuments in Latvia. One of the most mysterious and unusual ones is Ķintu Aka – Kinti Well.

Well made of stones

Ķintu Aka represents a sunken well made of large, rectangular stone slabs. Stone slabs are processed with great precision and they form an exact square where each side is 1.25 m long. Volume of each of these stones is 0.4 – 0.7 m3. The largest stones are located above and are visible – their size is 1.93 x 0.74 x 0.47 m and 1.55 x 1 x 0.27 m and each weighs approximately one ton. Deeper the stones become smaller but at the base, at several metres depth they are enormous again.

Well is filled with stagnant water – it certainly does not serve its purpose now.

Information about megalithic village

Enthusiast of local history, pastor Karl Friedrich Vatson (1777 – 1826), basing on the narrative of Cirava pastor Johann Kristian Wolter (1773 – 1858), gave an exciting report in 1819:

Earlier (in the 19th century?) the Ķinti farmstead and subsidiary buildings were built of giant stone slabs. Especially impressive was the enclosure around the field – it was a wall of upright stone slabs, up to 2.4 m tall and 387 steps long.

Ķintu Aka, Latvia
Ķintu Aka / Gatis Pāvils / CC BY 3.0

Locals told stories about mythical muscleman – wizard Ķinte – living in this farmstead with his white mare.

Unfortunately this unique house was demolished in the 19th century and stone slabs were used for construction elsewhere.

Excavations

Research at the site in 1975 (Juris Urtāns) did not provide much information. With crane there were lifteds six fallen slabs from the well, well was cleaned but there was not found anything of importance. There were found processed stone slabs in vicinities, also alignments of smaller stones.

Ķintu aka with stones rised from the well, Latvia
Ķintu aka with stones rised from the well / Gatis Pāvils / CC BY 3.0

Ķinti farmstead certainly has been inhabited for centuries long – there were found artefacts from the 17th – 19th century, indications of metal processing – layer of slag.

It is not known when Ķintu Aka was made and who made it. Experience from Western Europe shows that local stories about fairly recent construction of megalithic structures often have been erroneous and megaliths are older than the locals were thinking.

References

  1. Urtāns, Juris. Ķintu aka. Dabas un vēstures kalendārs’1978, 299.lpp.

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Ķintu Aka 56.743453, 21.417527 Ķintu Aka
Coordinates: 56.7435 N 21.4175 E
Categories: Megaliths, Sites of legends
Values: Archaeology, Unexplained
Rating: (2.5 / 5)
Address: Europe, Latvia, Kurzeme, Aizpute municipality, Cīrava parish, 1 km south-east from Dzērve manor house (school)
Age: Unknown

Landmarks of Latvia

View from Turaida Castle, Latvia
View from Turaida Castle / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 3.0
Highlights of Latvia are the rich architectural heritage in Riga City, numerous palaces, country houses and castles.

Megaliths

Mnajdra, lower temple. Such structures were created long before Stonehenge and Egyptian pyramids
Mnajdra, lower temple. Such structures were created long before Stonehenge and Egyptian pyramids / steve deeves, / CC BY 2.0
One of the most fascinating groups of archaeological monuments are prehistoric structures made of stones – megaliths. Through the ages, people have loved to strain their minds to find a sensible explanation to the many riddles posed by megaliths.

Even today, we can admit with some pleasure, there are thousands of mysteries left for us.

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