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Archaeological and palynological research in the Ljubljansko barje (Ljubljana Moor)

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.02.00  Humanities  Archaeology   

Code Science Field
H340  Humanities  Archaeology 
H341  Humanities  Prehistory 
B300  Biomedical sciences  Palaeobotany, phylogeny, palynology 
T510  Technological sciences  Chronology, dating techniques 
Ljubljansko barje (Ljubljana Moor), Slovenia, archaeology, prehistory, pile-dwellings, palynology
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (5)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  18462  PhD Maja Andrič  Archaeology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  218 
2.  15299  Janez Dirjec  Archaeology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  127 
3.  15298  PhD Zvezdana Modrijan  Archaeology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  79 
4.  06917  PhD Snežana Tecco Hvala  Archaeology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  95 
5.  15155  PhD Anton Velušček  Humanities  Head  2004 - 2007  352 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,024 
Nearly 130 years passed since Dragotin Dežman, curator of the country museum, discovered the first pile-dwelling settlement in the Ljubljansko barje (Ljubljana Moor). Due to this remarkable discovery public and archaeologists in the 19th century became very enthusiastic about rich archaeological material culture, decorated pottery and copper objects. Up to now no similar discovery has been made, although many new sites were found almost everywhere in Ljubljansko barje. Today, modern archaeological science is no longer interested only in the objects. We are aiming to study history of mankind from different points of view and therefore multidisciplinarity is an essential part of our research. At the Institute of Archaeology (Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) we are working in close cooperation with dendrochronology laboratory and many other institutions in Slovenia and abroad and our research staff includes a specialist for archaeozoology and palynology. After several years of multidisciplinary research we are gradually gaining more and more information about prehistoric settlement pattern in Ljubljansko barje. Dating of pile-dwelling settlements is improving and last year remains of prehistoric cart were discovered on "Stare gmajne pri Verdu". Preliminary research at Resnikov prekop site near Ig (discovered in 1953), for example, indicated that sedimentation rate in on this site was not regular. Therefore the current research at Resnikov prekop, which is a successful example of cooperation between an archaeologist, palynologist and geologist clearly illustrates how multidisciplinary approach can change our perceptions about pile-dwelling stratigraphy. In the future we are planning to strengthen our palynological research and analyse several samples collected at archaeological sites and sedimentary cores taken at some off-site locations in different parts of Ljubljansko barje. At the same time we will continue palynological research also in other regions of Slovenia. The vegetation development in Bela krajina and Blejski kot will be compared with Ljubljansko barje. The results of this palaeoecological, multidisciplinary research will elucidate the questions of how the palaeoenvironment in south-eastern Alpine region looked like and what changes of the vegetation can be associated with human activity.
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