Archaeologia Lituana <p>Founded in 1999 and dedicated to publishing articles on the history and methodology of archaeology as well as publishing important archaeological research in the Baltic region.</p> Vilniaus universiteto leidykla / Vilnius University Press lt-LT Archaeologia Lituana 1392-6748 <p>Please read the Copyright Notice in&nbsp;<a href="">Journal Policy</a>.&nbsp;</p> Information to contributors of Archaeologia Lituana <p>...</p> Archeologia Lituana ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-07-02 2018-07-02 18 173 174 Autoriai / Authors <p>...</p> Archeologia Lituana ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-07-02 2018-07-02 18 172 172 Archeologijos katedros mokslinės veiklos apžvalga <p>...</p> Violeta Vasiliauskienė ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2018-07-02 2018-07-02 18 167 171 10.15388/ArchLit.2017.18.11684 Commemorating the Scientific Activity of Prof. PhD Albinas Kuncevičius <p>...</p> Algimantas Merkevičius ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-12-28 2017-12-28 18 5 8 10.15388/ArchLit.2017.18.11693 Between Medieval Archaeology, Heritage Protection and Archaeological Management: A Conversation with the Prof. PhD Albinas Kuncevičius <p>With this conversation we aim to introduce to our readers one of the most well-known present-day Lithuanian archaeologists –&nbsp;Prof. PhD Albinas Kuncevičius, who heads the Archaeological Department at Vilnius University and whose 60th anniversary was commemorated&nbsp;at the end of this year. This conversation also discusses some issues important to the entire archaeological field of Lithuania.</p> <p><em>Keywords:</em> Medieval Archaeology, heritage protection, Vilnius University, Dubingiai Castle, Vilnius Lower Castle, archaeological&nbsp;management</p> Algimantas Merkevičius ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-12-28 2017-12-28 18 9 22 10.15388/ArchLit.2017.18.11692 Albino Kuncevičiaus bibliografija (1981–2017) <p>...</p> Gintautas Zabiela ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-12-28 2017-12-28 18 23 28 10.15388/ArchLit.2017.18.11691 The Origins of Archaeological Heritage Protection in Lithuania <p>The processes of legislation and the development of systems for the preservation of ancient remains, including archaeological&nbsp;heritage, were under development in the countries of Western Europe during the 19th century. The paper seeks to observe the ideas&nbsp;and practices of heritage preservation in Lithuania under the Russian Empire – it is intended to reveal the circumstances under which&nbsp;the notion of heritage protection was born and the ways of its practical implementation. The origins of archaeological science and&nbsp;heritage protection in Lithuania can be traced to the beginning of the 19th c. By the middle of the century, elements of professional&nbsp;heritage protection were implemented in the activities of the Vilnius Museum of Antiquities and the Vilnius Temporary Archaeological&nbsp;Commission. Certain components of professional heritage protection were established in the end of the 19th c.; nevertheless, attempts&nbsp;to pass the general law and to introduce the system of archaeological heritage protection in the Russian Empire were not successful.&nbsp;The birth of a modern Lithuanian nation demanded relevant approaches toward its past in late 19th–early 20th centuries. Efforts were&nbsp;put into the development of the modern Lithuanian national state thus delaying the development of a professional heritage protection&nbsp;system.</p> <p><em>Keywords:</em> archaeology, science, heritage protection, history of archaeology</p> Albinas Kuncevičius Justina Poškienė ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-12-28 2017-12-28 18 29 46 10.15388/ArchLit.2017.18.11690 Burial Customs and Society in Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Northwest Lithuania <p>This article investigates the burial customs of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages in the territory of northwest Lithuania, focusing&nbsp;on barrow mounds and individual grave settings and grave goods. More than a century of excavations yielded 19 burial sites, in which&nbsp;182 graves are known (169 cremations and 13 inhumations). The gathered data regarding burial customs consist of grave settings,&nbsp;burial locations within the mounds and grave goods, and these are used to interpret some features of how the communities were socially&nbsp;organized. During the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages, the dead were buried in different types of graves: barrow mounds and flat&nbsp;graves; individual graves had different stone arrangements in both of mentioned types. This work presents a hypothesis that different&nbsp;types of graves and stone arrangements associated with burials were not just a result of time-related burial customs changes, but it&nbsp;could be an indicator of the social identity of the deceased. It is one of the possible indicators that hierarchic societies existed during&nbsp;the period in question.</p> <p><em>Keywords:</em> Late Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, barrow mounds, cremation burials, inhumation burials, society, northwest Lithuania</p> Lijana Muradian ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-12-28 2017-12-28 18 47 77 10.15388/ArchLit.2017.18.11689 Archaeological Leather Finds of the 17th –19th Centuries from Žiežmariai <p>The article investigates archaeological leather finds that were unearthed in Žiežmariai during archaeological excavations in years&nbsp;2013 and 2015. A variety of finds is revealed; the constructions of items and the peculiarities of producing have been analyzed. These&nbsp;kinds of artifacts are rare in the archaeological stretches of the Lithuanian periphery towns. Their analysis lead us to a better understanding&nbsp;of the specific features of the daily life of periphery towns, which are situated in distant locations from the economic and&nbsp;political centers.</p> <p><em>Keywords:</em> leather shoes, archaeological excavations, periphery, Žiežmariai, leather artifacts</p> Arūnas Puškorius Atas Žvirblys ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-12-28 2017-12-28 18 78 95 10.15388/ArchLit.2017.18.11688 Stoneware Pieces from Klaipėda Dating to 14th–18th Centuries <p>In the early ages of the town of Klaipėda, stoneware production came from either the German production centers of Siegburg,&nbsp;Lower Saxony, Langerwehe, Waldenburg, Aachen/Raeren, Cologne, Frechen, Westerwald, Altenburg, Annaberg or from the centers&nbsp;located in England, London: Woolwich, Fullham and Lambeth factories and from the Nottingham production center. Earliest stoneware&nbsp;pieces, dated from the second half of the 13th c. to early 16th c., were distributed among the Castle and the early colonists’ town areas.&nbsp;The growth of this kind of vessels in the town coincides with the historical data on urban construction. Four functional groups of&nbsp;stoneware were identified in the studied material from Klaipėda. According to the stoneware data, it was possible to clarify the dating&nbsp;of some stoneware vessels and cultural layers in the Town area of Klaipėda.</p> <p><em>Keywords:</em> stoneware ceramics, import, the clarification of the cultural layers, the Middle Ages, Klaipėda.</p> Viktorija Ziabreva ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2017-12-28 2017-12-28 18 96 129 10.15388/ArchLit.2017.18.11687