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Hidden treasures of Ljubljanica

Ljubljanica - the river of seven names - could also be known as the river of a thousand treasures ...

Ljubljanica River
Roman ship on Ljubljanica (illustration: Igor Rehar)
Roman ship on Ljubljanica (illustration: Igor Rehar)
Pile dwelling finds from Ljubljanica (photo: Narodni muzej Slovenije)
Pile dwelling finds from Ljubljanica (photo: Narodni muzej Slovenije)
Celtic finds from Ljubljanica (photo: Narodni muzej Slovenije)
Celtic finds from Ljubljanica (photo: Narodni muzej Slovenije)
Sword, found in Ljubljanica (photo: Narodni muzej Slovenije)
Sword, found in Ljubljanica (photo: Narodni muzej Slovenije)

Within the riverbed of the Ljubljanica there is a great wealth of natural and cultural heritage; for this reason, the river was proclaimed a natural and cultural monument of national importance in 2003. Of great interest are archeological discoveries from the surrounding areas of the Ljubljanica springs, some of which are of global significance. These finds include a wooden spear point dated to be between 38,000 and 45,000 years old (the oldest such find discovered to date), Stone Age hunters’ camps from the eighth millennium BC, copper axes from the fourth millennium BC, and a Roman cargo ship from the first century AD. A special find is of the world’s oldest known wooden wheel with an axle, estimated to be 5,200 years old. The hundreds of other finds from various archeological periods include ceramics, coins, and weapons.