Archaeological Collection

The two daggers

The two daggers
Item name:The two daggers
Dating:3rd millennium BC
Findspot:River Ljubljanica
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


The two daggers with a broad tang, one of chert and the other of copper, were recovered from the River Ljubljanica and share an almost identical form. In the millennia-long process of metal replacing stone, the copper artefacts often imitated those of stone. The elaborate bifacially worked stone dagger was harder, while the copper dagger was less prone to damage. Copper was rare and expensive, which presumably made this copper dagger primarily a symbol of prestige.


1. Dagger, chert, l. 13.9 cm, 3rd millennium BC, River Ljubljanica, Inv. No. V 4614.
2. Dagger, copper, l. 16.1 cm, 3rd millennium BC, River Ljubljanica (Špica), Inv. No. P 7099.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 192, pp. 150–151, 247.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition