Archaeological Collection

Stone tools from a settlement

Stone tools from a settlement
Item name:Stone tools from a settlement
Dating:4700–4500 BC
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


Stone axes and blades from the Neolithic settlement at Dragomelj. The axes are made of sedimentary rock, either tuff (larger axe) or tuffitic sandstone (smaller axes), and attributable to the Late Neolithic. Similar axes were also produced in the Copper Age. The blades below, knapped from chert cores, bear usewear traces that indicate they were used as a reaping tool, presumably for wheat.


1. Flat axe, tuff sandstone, l. 9.9 cm, w. 4.6 cm, Inv. No. P 22351.
2. Flat axe, tuff sandstone, l. 4.7 cm, w. 3 cm, Inv. No. P 22348.
3. Flat axe, tuff sandstone, l. 3.9 cm, w. 3 cm, Inv. No. P 22349.
4. Blades, chert, l. 3.9 cm, Inv. No. P 22380.
5. Blades, chert, l. 5 cm, inv. no. P 22404.
6. Blades, chert, l. 4.3 cm, inv. no. P22400.
7. Blades, cherta, l. 4 cm, inv. no. P 22376.
8. Blades, chert, l. 3.6 cm, inv. no. P 22377.
9. Blades, chert, l. 3.8 cm, inv. no. P 22359.
10. Blades, chert, l. 3.2 cm, inv. no. P 22379.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 139, pp. 103, 244. 

On display in the Permanent Exhibition