Archaeological Collection

Pyramidal and Conical loom weights

Pyramidal and Conical loom weights
Item name:Pyramidal and Conical loom weights
Dating:1200–900 BC
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


Conical and pyramidal clay weights from the Bronze Age settlement at Dragomelj (cf. Figs. 212, 216). Such items are common finds in the settlements of the Bronze and Iron Ages. Depictions from the Iron Age suggest they served as loom weight (Fig. 217). Figural depictions further show that people in Europe have been weaving textiles since the Neolithic (Figs. 161–164). Even in those early times, they were familiar with flax, which together with wool was the commonest raw material for textiles.


1. Pyramidal loom weights, clay, h. 7.5 cm, Inv. No. P 23840.
2. Pyramidal loom weights, clay, h. 6 cm,  Inv. No. P 23839.
3. Pyramidal loom weights, clay, h. 4.3 cm, Inv. No. P 23979.
4. Pyramidal loom weights, clay, h. 4.5 cm, Inv. No. P 26930.
5. Conical loom weights, clay, h. 5.8 cm, Inv. No. P 23990.
6. Conical loom weights, clay, h. 4.4 cm, Inv. No. P 23841.
7. Conical loom weights, clay, h. 5.5 cm, Inv. No. P 29234.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 218, pp. 173, 248.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition