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an urban-type settlement in Stučka Raion, Latvian SSR, located at the confluence of the Pērse and Daugava rivers. Railroad station on the Riga-Rēzekne line, 102 km southeast of Riga. Koknese has a logging and timber distribution establishment.

Archaeological excavations conducted by A. Ia. Stubavs in 1961–66 revealed that a fortified settlement already existed on the site of Koknese in the first millennium B.C. The most significant finds date from the 11th to the 13th century (remains of timber-frame buildings, tools, weapons, ornaments). During this period, close political and economic ties existed between Koknese (Latgali, Sēli, and Russians) and Polotsk. At the beginning of the 13th century, the residence of the Russian prince Viachko, who was subject to the grand prince of Polotsk, was located in Koknese. The ruins of a castle have been preserved. (It was made of white limestone; the foundation was laid at the beginning of the 13th century; the castle was rebuilt in the 17th century and destroyed by Polish troops in 1701.) There is a spacious park next to the castle. Koknese is a popular tourist and vacation spot. P. Stučka (Stuchka) was born on the country estate of Vecbirznickos near Koknese.


Stubavs, A. “Nekotorye arkheologicheskie nakhodki 11–13 vv. iz gorodishcha Koknese.” In the collection Ot epokhi bronzy do rannego feodalizma. Tallinn, 1966.
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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.
A wooden observation platform and pavilion emerges from the landscape of a memorial park in Koknese, Latvia.
In case of Viljandi, he stressed that the location of the market-place in the centre of the town indicates a commercial town not too dependent on the castle, as could be the case in Koknese and Valmiera, where the market place was situated just in front of the castle (1939, 275 f.).
In historical times (1206), according to Jannau, the Livonians in a narrower sense occupied the following territories: from Koknese (Kokenhusen) along the right side of the River Daugava (Western Dvina), Latvia, and the strand of the Bay of Riga continuing over the River Salaca (Salis) up to Parnu in Estonia (Jannau 1828 : 51).
Repse said the 26-year-old man was "walking half-naked in the middle of the road" near the village of Koknese and the accident was "unavoidable".