Cultural Heritage

Unknown Cultural Heritage Values in Common Natural and Cultural Space
Lead partner:
Priority and subpriority:
Priority 1. Increased cohesion of the Programme area, 1.2 Enhancing joint management of public services and resources
Start date and expiry date:
2009-03-01 - 2011-04-28

Cultural heritage is much more than just castle ruins and manor houses – this was the general idea underlying the project. The numerous other objects of cultural heritage, such as cult springs, ancient clay mines, smithies, homesteads, stone fences, old forest trails, historic landmarks or wells also deserve their recognition and protection. Cultural heritage objects of this type tell important stories about the life of the previous generations, local culture and national identity.

A group of ethnographers, archeologists, foresters and other experts, as well as the local people with their local knowledge from various regions of Latvia and Estonia got involved in revealing and mapping such previously unidentified objects. The focus was primarily on cultural sites found in nature. Therefore the field researchers had to use GPS equipment and receive special training beforehand.

After a comprehensive field work, altogether around 20 000 cultural heritage sites were revealed in both countries. These objects were inserted in an electronic database, and their protection was further discussed with the relevant institutions responsible for cultural heritage preservation. Over 9 100 heritage cultural sites in Estonia (Põlva, Tartu, Valga and Võru Counties) and more than 10 800 sites in Latvia (Valka, Valmiera, Alūksne and Limbaži regions) can be viewed in a public database of the geo-website of the Estonian Land Board and Latvian State Forest Service website

Various public activities were organized to
increase people's environmental awareness and knowledge on local cultural heritage. A special exhibit was developed based on the new findings, introducing people to the project results.

947 495.00 EUR
ERDF contribution:
805 371.00 EUR
Contact person:
Vaike Pommer -

Field research (inventory) of unrevealed cultural heritage objects

Exhibit with the discovered cultural heritage objects

Project photos for the book "Estonia–Latvia Stories"

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