martes, 6 de marzo de 2012

Numerous archaeological discoveries in Ljubljana

Archaeologists in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana have been kept busy in recent years as the many development projects launched before the economic downturn uncovered numerous archaeological sites.

The recent excavation in Kongresni Square was one of the biggest archaeological projects in Slovenia’s history, according to Matjaž Nošak of the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML), the institute that oversees excavation projects.

The finds from the square are remnants of a rich settlement history in the area dating as far back as prehistory. Here, archaeologists headed by Nošak found the remains of a late Bronze Age grave and burial mounds, the first of this kind found in Ljubljana.

Artefacts from the Roman period were also unearthed in Kongresni Square and part of a suburban settlement of the city of Emona (Roman Ljubljana) with its own graveyard. Excavations at Kongresni Square were launched before the construction of an underground car park between 2009 and 2011.

Another interesting project was the excavation works in Krojaška Street near the Ljubljanica river, where the archaeologists uncovered what are believed to be the remains of a river port from Antiquity.
Excavations under the capital’s central market place, which will continue this year, revealed remnants of Ljubljana’s defensive wall from the Middle Ages.

Martin Horvat, MGML’s Middle Ages curator, pointed to another interesting find under the market place: a bronze urn holding the heart of a member of the Austrian princely family of Auersperg, Ferdinand II (1655-1706), which shows that his were one of five sets of human remains uncovered under what used to be a chapel.

Another excavation site situated between Slovenska and Kersnikova streets uncovered 60 graves from between 1st and 4th centuries. Works at this site will continue, as the archaeologists still have 600 square metres to examine.

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