The tale that came to us from the old times recorded by the 18th century historian August Wilhelm Hupela tells us that German merchants, visiting the Livonian land for the first time, stopped at the banks of the Salaca and traded there. Only when they had finished, they visited the Daugava. These events could date back to the middle of the 12th century. The earliest archaeological evidence at the museum dates back to the 13th century.