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One of Lithuania’s largest boulders found in Telšiai district

2016-07-26

In mid-June, an inhabitant of Tryškiai Town, Telšiai distr., applied to the Telšiai District Agency of the Šiauliai Regional Environmental Protection Department of the Ministry of Environment saying he had unearthed a large boulder during the maintenance of his old homestead area.

The man told to have seen a stone sticking out of the ground near the old house. To level out the land plot, he began unearthing the stone in the hope of moving it further, but the stone grew larger and larger during the excavation. Discovering the boulder to be of a truly impressive size a few days later, the land owner decided to inform environmentalists about his find.

Specialists of the Lithuanian Geological Survey under the Ministry of Environment have carried out field studies and determined that the giant boulder lies at the depth of 1.5 m. The boulder consists of pinkish grey granite gneiss. Geologists find it difficult to determine the exact volume and weight of the boulder as a part of this stone is still buried under the earth. However, its unearthed part is impressive as well: the boulder measures 6.5 m in length, 4.2 m in width, 2.8 m in height and even 17.75 m in horizontal diameter (perimeter). The approximate volume of the stone is 40 cubic metres, and its weight is at least 100 tonnes.

The geologists maintain that the stone is among Lithuania’s top twenty largest known boulders by its unearthed part alone. A more exact evaluation of the parameters will be possible after the boulder is fully unearthed. The inhabitants of Tryškiai are joking that the new find may not outdo Puntukas, but they are confident that the boulder can become a centre of attraction for the town.

A site entitled ‘Former site of the Tryškiai sacrificial stone’ near the place where the boulder was found is specified in the Register of Cultural Objects. One can guess that the discovered boulder is also associated with this pagan sacred site. For this reason the information about the boulder has been forwarded to the Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture.

Communication Division
26/07/2016


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas