Archaeological Collection

Goods from an urn cemetery

Goods from an urn cemetery
Item name:Goods from an urn cemetery
Dating:11th–10th century BC
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


Two-handled vessel and bowl with a hole, both containing the cremated remains of a deceased individual, as well as a bronze spectacle brooch from Dobova. Together with the nearby cemeteries at Obrežje and Žadovinek in the Posavje region, as well as the graves at Velika Gorica across the state border in Croatia, the urn cemetery at Dobova forms a special group marked, among other features, by a specific form of urns and bowls with holes in their sides. Their significance is unclear. Like other urn cemeteries of the Late Bronze Age, the graves of women at Dobova contained more numerous goods in comparison with their male counterparts. In addition to brooches, they revealed spiral temple rings, bracelets and torques.

1. Urn, clay, h. 18 cm, Gr. A, Inv. No. P 8159.
2. Urn (bowl with a hole), clay, h. 8.4 cm, Gr. 166, Inv. No. P 19038.
3. Spectacle brooch, bronze, l. 7.5 cm, from a destroyed grave, Inv. No. P 8158.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 261, pp. 210–211, 250.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition