|A model of the upper tower on Krancelj from the Loka Museum|
During 1954-55 excavations took place on Krancelj – a rising over the Loka Castle. Under the leadership of Cene Avguštin, an art historian from the Town Museum in Kranj, the remains of the Upper Tower, the first administrative seat of the feudal authority in the Freising Loka estate, were examined. The excavations revealed the remains of the tower’s rectangular ground layout with a side measuring approx.13 m and a 2.5 m thick wall. The tower was surrounded by a wall and a 5m deep protective moat for extra protection.
|A bronze candlestick in the form of a medieval page (photo: Jože Štukl).
Among the numerous small objects which were dug out from the remains of the Upper Tower on Krancelj, are particularly representative objects
(a bronze candlestick in the form of a medieval page, a ring with an inscription, a two-shoulder upper part of a larger gothic candlestick, a decorated tin lid, a decorative band-like fitting etc.).
|The equipment for a horse and a horseman and arrow heads for a bow and a crossbow (photo: Jože Štukl).
The excavations also revealed some examples of weapons,
among them we can find a large number of arrowheads for a bow and a crossbow, hewn stone balls; equipment for a horse and a horseman
(spurs, stirrups, horseshoes, bits, clamps for strapping); useful objects
(romanic and gothic keys, parts of locks, a window, a door and chests' metal parts, parts of window glazing, a bell, strike-a-light, wedges, nails, etc.);
|Painted table and kitchenware (photo:: Jože Šukl).|
(gimlets, tongs, scissors, scrapers, a hay fork, axes, a blade for chopping bushes, a hoe); richly decorated stove tiles
; kitchen and table equipment
(a chain for hanging the kettle over the fire, eating pick and various knives); luxurious tableware
(dishes, bowls, candlesticks) and simple everyday kitchenware (fragments of different pots, lids with the stamps of manufacturers, small bowls with an outpouring, an oil lamp). The material also includes children’s toys
The findings, which reveal a lot about everyday life in the castle, can be dated to a period from the 11th. to the beginning of the 16th. century.