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There are many archeological sites in the Gorenjska region. Stone age and Bronze Age findings illustrate the temporary settlement of the region, while findings from the Iron Age show a concentrated and obviously permanent settlement of the region already. The Gorenjska museum cooperated in unearthing these sites over the last fifty years. Through numerous diggings, we managed to attain a valuable and unique collection, which is partly exhibited in the National museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana as well. The archaeological collection includes artefacts from the Early Stone and Early Bronze Ages (Drulovka near Kranj), the Late Iron Age (Kranj, Bohinjski kot, Tupaliče near Preddvor), Roman times (Bobovek near Kranj, Rodine near Radovljica, Ajdna over Potoki and Khislstein in Kranj), the time of migrations of nations (Sv. Lovrenc and Gradišče over Bašelj) and the settlement of the Slavs (Farna church in Križišče Iskra in Kranj and Bled castle).
The materials and documentation is being meticulously arranged and prepared so that we will be able to transfer it into a digital form, along with other museum artefacts, and make it viewable on our website. We are collaborating with the Institute for Heritage Protection in exploring the archaeological site on Ajdna, where we are also preparing the programme of museum presentation. Apart from researching the materials, the results of which usually appear in academic articles, we also organize archaeological evenings, where we present the results of new research conducted in the Gorenjska region and elsewhere to the broader public.
A condensed presentation of the archaeological eras in the Gorenjska region can be viewed in the permanent archaeological exhibition The Iron Thread in the Kranj City Hall, were the ancient history of Gorenjska is shown in a more contemporary way. The development of technology through the ages is also thoroughly covered by the extensive documentation on display. At the City Hall, the old-Slovenian graves of the 9th and 10th Centuries are also displayed, as is the Archaeological monument near the Parish church in Kranj.