Archaeological & Historical Museum


This absorbing museum traces the history of the area from 9000 BC to the 13th and 14th centuries AD. There is a wealth of artefacts on display – pottery, Iron Age tools, intricate horn seals – but the highlights are the gilded head decorations, silver jewellery from Russia and cowrie shells from the Indian Ocean that indicate just how far trade had spread during Kernavė's heyday.

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