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Lithuanian museum wants to rebuild extinct village on Curonian Spit

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The Lithuanian Sea Museum wants to revive an extinct village on the Curonian Spit. The village of Kopgalis was situated on the spit in the 19-20th centuries, the Lietuvos Žinios daily writes.

Initial archeological excavation was finished this year and there are plans to look for the best financial resources to rebuild the village.

"The results of archeological excavation and exploration have confirmed the information in pre-war maps that we have. The excavation took around a month and there will be no more excavation this year. Now preparation for the project competition will start, so there will be more excavation work later. We have so far given the green light and launched the revival of Kopgalis," Olga Žalienė, director of the Lithuanian Sea Museum, said.

Archeologists excavated foundations of five houses in the location of the village and found plates, bottles, window frames, beer bottles and even fishing nets with characteristic stone weights used in the second half of the 19th century, Klaidas Perminas of Klaipėda University who lead the excavation work, said.

Historians say there could have been around 30 buildings in Kopgalis in the late 19th century and around 100 people lived there. A similar number of buildings might be rebuilt. Visitors of the dolphin therapy center might stay in copies of original buildings, and they might also house various exhibitions, a library or a marine culture information center.

The village of Kopgalis became extinct in 1973 after its residents were given apartments in Klaipėda.

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