Archaeological Collections

Archaeological collections of the Škofja Loka Museum include the collection Settlement of the Škofja Loka Territory in Archaeological Periods from the Early Stone Age to 973, the collections on the Upper Tower on the Krancelj Hill and the Komun building in the Mestni trg square, and the collection titled the Škofja Loka Painted Pottery. These collections represent the rich heritage of the people who lived in the town of Škofja Loka in the medieval and modern periods.

For curious minds:

 

  • The earliest settlement of the Škofja Loka territory dates back to the Early Stone Age (80,000–30,000 BC). A number of stone tools, charcoal and fireplace remains were discovered near the village of Suhi Dol above Lučine in the Poljane Valley.
  • In the 1954–1955 period, excavations headed by Cene Avguštin, an art historian with the Municipal Museum of Kranj, were carried out on Krancelj, a hill above the Škofja Loka Castle. The excavations were focused on the remains of the Upper Tower, the first administrative seat of the feudal authorities in the Škofja Loka seigniory, which was part of the Diocese of Freising. The excavations revealed the remains of a tower with a square ground plan, the sides in the length of approx. 13 m and a 2.5-metre-thick wall. For additional security, the tower was surrounded with a defensive wall and a 5-metre-deep moat.

 

Settlement of the Škofja Loka Territory in Archaeological Periods from the Early Stone Age to 973 <em>Photo: Janez Pelko</em>
Settlement of the Škofja Loka Territory in Archaeological Periods from the Early Stone Age to 973 Photo: Janez Pelko
Settlement of the Škofja Loka Territory in Archaeological Periods from the Early Stone Age to 973 <em>Photo: Janez Pelko</em>
Settlement of the Škofja Loka Territory in Archaeological Periods from the Early Stone Age to 973 Photo: Janez Pelko
The Škofja Loka Painted Pottery Collection <em>Photo: Janez Pelko</em>
The Škofja Loka Painted Pottery Collection Photo: Janez Pelko

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