16 Jan REMAINS OF A PREHISTORIC PILE DWELLING SETTLEMENT DISCOVERED DURING POND CREATION IN LJUBLJANSKO BARJE
In December, during the excavation of one of the ponds near Dol pri Borovnici, remains of a prehistoric pile dwelling settlement were discovered. In the soil profile of the new pond, vertical poles, pieces of ceramics, bones, stones, and charcoal were found.
The remains were documented in detail by a team of archaeologists from the company Avgusta d.o.o., which carried out an archaeological survey during the excavation of the construction site. As the whole of the Ljubljansko barje is registered as an archaeological site, the archaeological examination of the excavation was required by the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia in the process of obtaining cultural heritage consent. The discovery of the remains of the pile dwelling settlement occurred in the vicinity of the previously known archaeological site Naselbina Črešnja, near Bistra. Further research will most likely show whether they are part of the same pile dwelling settlement.
The oldest pile dwelling settlements in Ljubljansko barje date back to around 4600 BC. People lived in stilt houses intermittently for more than 2500 years.
Archaeologists made a detailed inventory of the findings and took samples for further analysis (radiocarbon dating, dendrochronological research). After the research was completed, the excavation was buried. The excavation site is now back underground, and the high groundwater level provides favorable conditions for the preservation of the archaeological remains at the site. The planned pond was later dug out at an alternative location.