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Preliminary archaeological surveys

The Centre for Preventive Archaeology manages and carries out preliminary archaeological surveys throughout the country.
Otočec during the floods in 2010, infrared image
Otočec during the floods in 2010, infrared image

Aerial photography

Aerial photography is carried out by taking specialist oblique aerial photographs from small aircraft. The majority of archaeological sites become visible due to colour markings (on the ground) or vegetation markings (different growth and ripening of crops) and in specific conditions (drought, floods, low light, certain levels of plant growth). The extensive archive of cyclic photographs of Slovenian territory serves to enable the recognition of new archaeological sites, monitor their condition, and monitor any changes that occur throughout the territory. 

Field research

The Centre for Preventive Archaeology carries out research on registered archaeological sites 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. It utilises archaeological excavation only in instances where there is direct physical endangering of a archaeological site, when the site cannot be secured. They also carry out underwater surveys in the form of extensive and intensive underwater assessments, using underwater testing probes and underwater archaeological excavation.

Underwater archaeological research in Verd at Vrhnika
Underwater archaeological research in Verd at Vrhnika


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.

13. 06. 2018

The ICOMOS Slovenia and the Institute for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage of Slovenia are organizing in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana and with the support of Ministry of Culture of Slovenia and the Bled Cultural Institute the 3rd International Symposium on Cultural Heritage and Legal Issues.

09. 05. 2017

We kindly invite you to the 3rd International Archaeological Conference,which will be held in Ljubljana from the 16th to the 18th November 2017.

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