Archaeological Collection

Stray finds of stone axes

Stray finds of stone axes
Item name:Stray finds of stone axes
Dating:5th–3rd millennium BC
Findspot:Ljubljansko barje and vicinity
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


Stone hammer and axes from the Ljubljansko barje and its vicinity. The chance finds from Vnanje Gorice, Borovnica, Lesno Brdo and Vrhnika are probably axes accidentally lost by the pile-dwellers from the Neolithic or the Copper Age (cf. chapter on The pile-dwellers).


1. Shaft-hole axe, stone, l. 9.1 cm, Lesno Brdo near Vrhnika, Inv. No. B 5241.
2. Shaft-hole axe, stone, l. 8.3 cm, Vnanje Gorice, Inv. No. B 5041.
3. Shaft-hole axe, stone, l. 9 cm, Vnanje Gorice, Inv. No. P 15496.
4. Shaft-hole axe, stone, l. 11.7 cm, Borovnica, Inv. No. B 5039.
5. Shaft-hole axe or hammer, stone, l. 17.7 cm, Vnanje Gorice, Inv. No. P 16781.
6. Flat axe, stone, l. 7.7 cm, River Ljubljanica, Dolge njive, Inv. No. V 1465.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 134, pp. 97, 244.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition