Železnodobno naselje Most na Soči. Gradbeni izvidi in najdbe
The Iron Age Settlement at Most na Soči. Settlement Structures and Small Finds

Authors: Janez Dular, Drago Svoljšak
Year: 2016

Most na Soči ranks among the most prominent prehistoric sites in Europe. It is mainly known for the extensive cemetery from the Early Iron Age, which was first investigated in the late 19th century and revealed over 6000 burials. The rapid growth of the modern village of Most na Soči again led to large-scale archaeological excavations in the 1970s. These were conducted in the span of eleven years and unearthed one of the most significant Iron Age settlements in Slovenia and the wider south-eastern Alpine region.

The monographic publication on this settlement begins with a geographic outline of the site and its surroundings, which is followed by a detailed history of research complete with a list of contributions and reports on the subject published thus far.
The main part of the book is dedicated to presenting the settlement structures that include thirty-six houses excavated in the eastern part of the modern village. It is the most comprehensive publication of an Iron Age settlement to date in Slovenia, which offers new insights into the living conditions of the Iron Age population inhabiting the area of Caput Adriae or the south-eastern Alps. The multitude of data gained from the excavations enabled a reconstruction of the settlement’s plan and provided an understanding of the construction methods and numerous technical details, revealing how drainage walls, dividing walls and foundations were built, and also revealing the appearance of the floors, wooden wall constructions, drainage ditches and pits used in different production processes (for instance metallurgy, pottery). The text is illustrated with 229 plans and photos that complement the detailed descriptions of the structures.
The book concludes with the illustrations of small finds recovered in the houses, presented on a hundred plates. These predominantly consist of pottery sherds, but also include numerous stone, bone and metal items. Those of metal are particularly important because they are chronologically diagnostic and allow the archaeologists to precisely date individual houses and their phases, but also reveal the remarkable technical skills that the craftsmen of the day possessed.


Železnodobno naselje Most na Soči. Razprave / The Iron Age Settlement at Most na Soči. Treatises

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

Table of content

  • Geografski oris / Geographic outline
  • Zgodovina raziskovanj / History of research
    • Odkritje / Discovery
    • Prvi raziskovalci / The early investigators
    • Obdobje po drugi svetovni vojni / Investigations after World War II
  • Zaščitna izkopavanja Goriškega muzeja 1971–1984 / Rescue investigations by the Goriški muzej between 1971and 1984
    • Metoda izkopavanj/ Excavation method
    • Arheološka ekipa / The archaeological team
    • Arheološki park / Archaeological park
  • Dosedanje objave o železnodobnem naselju na Mostu na Soči / Bibliography of the Iron Age settlement at Most na Soči
  • Gradbeni izvidi / Settlement Structures
    • Hiše 1–36 / Houses 1–36
    • Jarek / Drainage ditch
    • Pot / Path through the settlement
    • Območja z razpršenimi sledmi poselitve / Locations of dispersed habitation traces
  • Katalog najdb / Catalogue of small finds
  • Table 1–100 / Plates 1–100
  • Priloge 1–5 / Appendices 1–5

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archaeological finds
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Most na Soči
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