Most na Soči. Arheološke raziskave v letih 2000–2016 na levem bregu Idrijce / The 2000–2016 archaeological investigations on the left bank of the Idrijca


Miha Milnar
Petra Leben-Seljak
Metka Culiberg

Most na Soči is an archaeological site of key importance in the Posočje region and also one that witnessed most extensive investigations. Remains of its rich distant past have been coming to light over the last century and a half, either as chance finds or through archaeological excavations of the settlement from the Bronze, Iron and Roman Ages, as well as the associated cemeteries.

This book presents the recent investigations on the left bank of the Idrijca, where a vast Iron Age cemetery has been known since the end of the 19th century. At its northern edge, a total of 88 graves were excavated by the Tolminski muzej in 2000–2016, when three locations were investigated: Pucarjev rob, Repelc and Lipičarjev vrt. Most of the graves date to the Iron Age, a dozen to the Roman period and one to the Early Middle Ages. In their immediate vicinity, a contemporary cremation pit and a stone drywall were discovered, under the graves also habitation remains from the Late Bronze Age.

The content of the book is divided into several sections. The most extensive is the first one, which presents the topographic and stratigraphic evidence, descriptions of graves with their goods and other structures. This is followed by typological, chronological and cultural analyses of the finds. The time span of burial at individual locations and the interpretation of other remains are also given. The conclusion evaluates the differences and changes in the mortuary rituals, the imports from other cultural provinces and the associated connections, as well as the significance of recent discoveries that complement the archaeological knowledge of the area.

The next section of the book comprises treatises on the recovered organic remains. The anthropological analysis of the human bone remains identifies the age and sex of the buried individuals and complements the archaeological considerations. The animal remains and possible interpretations of their symbolic role in the mortuary rituals and cult practices are discussed in detail. The macrobotanic remains are also presented and, similarly as the faunal evidence, are compared with those from select sites of the Posočje Iron Age community, offering an insight into the exploitation of the natural environment of the day.

In the last part of the book, the graves and finds are graphically presented on 72 plates.


  • Front
  • Introduction
  • Raziskave na območju Pucarjevega roba leta 2001 in 2013
  • Raziskave na območju Repelca leta 2000 in 2002
  • Odkritje groba na Lipičarjevem vrtu leta 2016
  • Zaključek
  • Summary
  • Literatura
  • Antropološka analiza kostnih ostankov iz grobov na Pucarjevem robu in Repelcu na Mostu na Soči
    Petra Leben-Seljak
  • Živalski ostanki z železnodobnega grobišča Most na Soči: ledini Pucarjev rob in Repelc
    Borut Toškan
  • Arheobotanične raziskave na izbranih najdiščih posoške železnodobne skupnosti
    Metka Culiberg
  • Plates


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27. November 2020

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Physical Dimensions

200 mm x 295 mm