Archaeologists Find 1st Century Graves in Slovenia

By | September 11, 2009

archeArchaeologists have found the remains of a Roman burial ground dating to the 1st century near the former tobacco factory Tobacna tovarna in Ljubljana. So far, 25 graves have been discovered, most of which contained cremated bodies, head of the excavations Barbara Hofman told.

The burial ground was located by the road leading from ancient Emona, today’s Ljubljana, towards Aquileia (SW), as it was common in ancient times to bury the dead by the road outside the city walls.

According to Hofman, the area most probably served for burying one or two generations of Emonians in the 1st century, while some burials from the 3rd and 4th century are also evident.

Almost all of the discovered graves are rectangular tegula cassettes, while a vertically triangular shape was used in one grave.

The ashes were mostly contained in amphoras and glass urns, but were also scattered in some of the graves, Hofman explained.

She said other items found in the graves were mostly ceramic oil lamps or table vessels.

Archaeological excavations near Tobacna tovarna have started in mid-August and extend over 350 sq. metres.

How long they will still last depends on how large the endangered area is. Nevertheless, much is still expected to be found, Hofman also said.

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