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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Kootsaare Labyrinth
Country: Estonia Type: Turf Maze
Nearest Town: Kuressaare  Nearest Village: Reigi
Latitude: 59.000000N  Longitude: 22.486400E
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
2 Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
5 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
5 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
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Estonian old stone classical labyrinth. Mystical place on Hiiumaa island. Typical coastal area. Settled by Swedesh settlers. Have been used for meditation, magic also for different games and incantations. Kootssare labyrinths were called Sailors Games. They were built by Swedish sailors who couls not get away from Hiiumaa after ship was wrecked. The labyrinth was built in about the 16th century.

According to information found in the Estonian Folklore Archive , the labyrinth is also called Jerusalem and it is said to have been built by a sailor who survived a shipwreck.

Source: Wikipedia (translated https://et.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kootsaare_kivilab%C3%BCrint 8911 Stone Labyrinth. - Register of cultural monuments https://register.muinas.ee/public.php?menuID=monument&action=view&id=8911
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Kootsaare labyrinth by Andy B on Wednesday, 10 August 2022
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Kootsaare labyrinth is situated in NW Hiiumaa, Estonia. Although it is hard to spot under heavy moss today, it’s definitely a unique site for Hiiumaa. The labyrinth has been studied archaeologically in 1986 & 2014

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Labyrinths in Estonia by John Kraft & Urmas Selirand by Andy B on Wednesday, 10 August 2022
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Labyrinths in Estonia by John Kraft & Urmas Selirand
Originally published in Caerdroia 23 (1990), p.32-37

Estonia has at least five, and maybe as many as nine, historic stone labyrinths documented. They are all situated on islands along the coast, in those parts of Estonia that were colonized by Swedish speaking farmers and fishers during the mediaeval period. This pattern of distribution can be compared with Finland where most stone labyrinths are also found along the coast in areas where Swedish speaking farmers and fishers settled in the early mediaeval. The most reasonable interpretation of this pattern is that the idea of building and using stone labyrinths was part of the cultural heritage brought in from the west by Swedish settlers.

Karl von Löwis of Menar mentioned an Estonian labyrinth situated at Tahkuna, on the northern tip of Dagö, in 1912. In 1925 A.M. Tallgren mentioned two labyrinths: the one at Tahkuna and another on the little island of Viirlaid. Peeter Mey wrote an article in the Estonian newspaper Päevaleht in 1931, where he mentions that there was a partly preserved labyrinth on the island of Aegna near the Estonian capital, Tallinn. Mey also mentions that there were labyrinths on the islands of Aski and Prangli in the same area.

A local farmer told Urmas Selirand, director of the local museum on Dagö, about the labyrinths at Kootsaare in 1984, and Urmas excavated one of these labyrinths in 1986. In 1989 Urmas made contact with John Kraft, which led to an exchange of information and plans for a joint "expedition" to excavate the second Kootsaare labyrinth during the summer of 1990.

More at https://labyrinthos.net/C23%20Estonia.pdf

There are more archive articles from Caerdroia - the Journal of Mazes & Labyrinths here

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