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an ancient economic, political, and cultural center of the Latgali tribe, mentioned in the Livonian Chronicle of Henry of Latvia (13th century). Vsevolod, the prince of Jersika, was a vassal of the prince of Polotsk. The remains of Jersika, consisting ofagorodishche (site of a fortified town), an adjoining selishche (site of an unfortified town), and a burial ground, are situated on the right bank of the Daugava River in Preili Raion, Latvian SSR. On the site of the fortified town (100 x 75 m), in levels of the tenth through 13th centuries, the excavations of F. Balodis (1939) uncovered the remains of log dwellings with adobe stoves as well as handi-craft workshops. The discovery of a number of imported objects, including small crosses, testifies to active links that existed between Jersika and Polotsk and other Russian cities.


Alekseev, L. V. Polotskaia zemlia (Ocherki istorii Severnoi Belorussii), IX-XIII vv. Moscow, 1966.
Balodis, F. Jersika un tai 1939, gada izdarltie izrakumi. Riga, 1940.
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Territorial identity of the modern Latgale is traced back to the Principality of Jersika at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries, which in the Latin texts referred to as Lethia, and in the Old Russian records as Lotigola.
For example, in 1901 two periodicals, Balss and Baltijas Vestnesis published an article "About the Strength of Latvian People at Ancient Times" (Par Latviesu tautas speku senakos laikos) in which Latgale was mentioned as a place where the Russian power and Russian culture were most vividly revealed in the 11th century as there were two Russian fortresses in Koknese and Jersika.

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