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Preventive archaeology

The Centre for Preventive Archaeology manages and carries out preliminary archaeological surveys throughout the country.

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Centre for Preventive Archaeology
Centre for Preventive Archaeology

Centre for Preventive Archaeology

The Centre for Preventive Archaeology manages and carries out preliminary archaeological surveys in the area of national spatial planning documents, the area of the release of building land within settlements and of state-owned and privately-owned monuments. It dedicates special attention to the methodological and infrastructural development of archaeological research and the post-excavation procedure. It also holds independent exhibitions and publishes its own publications to popularise and develop public awareness about preventive archaeology.

Preliminary archaeological surveys

The Centre for Preventive Archaeology carries out various types of preliminary archaeological surveys to assess the archaeological potential of a particular area. On registered archaeological sites it carries out research to determine the content and composition of the site which can take place in the form of intensive field assessments, drilling and manual excavation in a grid, as well as excavating test trenches with a machine and their documentation. In addition to field research, it also carries out geophysical studies, aerial photography, laser scanning, etc. You can see the presentations of the individual preliminary surveys here.

Preliminary archaeological surveys
Preliminary archaeological surveys


07. 06. 2022

We are very pleased to announce that a new digital tool called Yesterday-today-tomorrow is now available to the public. The tool helps users to choose the most suitable solution for the presentation of archaeological heritage in archaeological parks or similar areas

26. 11. 2021

In Ljubljana new groundwork for the connection between education and the profession in the field of protection of the cultural heritage will be laid.

10. 09. 2021

The exhibition of Hamja Ahsan, the recipient of the Grand Prize of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, will be on display at the ZVKDS Gallery from 12 September to 21 November as part of the exhibitions and events of this year's Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts entitled ISKRA DELTA.

20. 01. 2021

We had a great and exciting Kick-Off week for CHARTER - the European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance.

17. 09. 2020

We are glad to announce the seventh issue of the interdisciplinary scholarly periodical RES, dedicated to The Presentation of Wall Paintings – Views, Concepts, and Approaches.

29. 07. 2020

On Friday, 24th of July 2020, a press conference and the opening of the transnational photo exhibition of the REFREsh project took place in the former salt warehouse Monfort (Obala 8) in Portorož.

22. 01. 2019

The jubilee 50th edition of Varstvo spomenikov commemorates the publication on the conservation and protection of cultural heritage – Varstvo spomenikov. 

08. 10. 2018

The renovation work started on the 7th of September and was completed on the 3rd of October 2018, when the Aljaž Turret was returned to its rightful home to the top of Mt. Triglav.

04. 09. 2018

The Aljaž Turret, a monument of national importance (heritage register number 5531) and one of the most recognisable Slovenian national symbols, is undergoing a full-scale renovation in September 2018.

15. 06. 2018

In recent years Heritage Science has been successfully evolving into an important interdisciplinary scientific field, which includes modern research infrastructure and excellent scientists that are now developing E-RIHS – European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science.


The Centre for Preventive Archaeology manages and works on the database of ceramics and pottery found throughout the entire country. So far, several thousand pieces of pottery have been collected and classified. The majority is fine tableware and transport containers from Roman times, as well as as lighting. The ceramic fragments are equipped with data from archaeological surveys, information on the shape and type of pot and its origin. Information from the database enable the comparison of ceramics between archaeological sites.

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