The Kaukai (Obelytė) complex is on the left bank of the Peršėkė runlet. It has been dated back to the 11th century. The complex is set up of two mounds that are in two different villages, a pertinent of the castle (suburbium) and a subjacent village. The main mound was in the highland of the Perseke runlet left bank winding. The other mound, Obelytė, tree-covered and almost decayed now was on the right bank. A big territory of the pertinent of the castle had a garden and of farmstead. One can climb up the wooden steps to the Kaukai mound.

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Founded: 11th century
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