BARROWS IN POŠKONYS
Barrows are our ancestors’ graves. They were created when pouring over mounds to bury the dead. Around the barrow mounds are often found stone wreaths, which, according to ancient human beliefs, had to protected the dead from evil spirits. Often an ash layer is found under the barrow mound, showing that fire ceremonies had been performed. In subsequent barrows the stone wreaths were replaced by grooves or pits around the barrow. There are burial mounds, where the mounds are paved or stacked of stones. Barrows bury burned and not burned dead, sometimes in the same grave with the horses.
Poškonių barrows are on the left bank of the river Gauja in the forest. Barrows group consists of 24 burial mounds, located at the top of the hill and its slopes. Mounds are from 5-6 m to 12 m in diameter, 0.7 to 1.2 m in height. The biggest mound is as wide as 22 meters in diameter and 1.8 m in height. At the bottom of the barrows there are irregular stone wreaths.