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Kernave

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Kernave
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Lithuanian historians get excited at the mention of Kernave: "cradle of the Lithuanian state"; "10 000 years of history"; "Lithuania's Pompeii"; "Europe's last pagan city", none of which is apparent upon entering this small village of 250 inhabitants. But this hilly spot by the River Neris is nonetheless a key site in the history of settlement of the Baltic countries. In this cultural reserve, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, human occupation stretches back some 11 000 years.