Ig - Kolišča na Igu, severna skupina



Place name

Kolišča na Igu, severna skupina

Type of site

UNESCO-World Heritage Site (WH / S1)

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Responsible for site

For Ig:
Public Institute Ljubljansko barje Landscape Park
Javni zavod Krajinski park Ljubljansko barje
Podpeška cesta 380
SI-1357 Notranje Gorice 
Tel: +386(0)8 205 23 50
e-mail: info@ljubljanskobarje.si

For all other sites:
Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia
Regional Office Ljubljana
Tržaška c. 4
Sl - 1000 Ljubljana

Administrative contact

Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia Regional Office Ljubljana Tržaška c. 4 Sl - 1000 Ljubljana
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Map of pile dwelling sites

Dating text

The pile-dwelling settlements are dated by dendrochronological research, radiocarbon analysis and typological analysis of pottery finds. According to all analysis they can be dated to the period during the fist half of the third millennium BC and the first half of the second millennium.


The pile-dwelling settlements near Ig, the north group, are located in the boggy meadows and in the fields, near and in the river Iščica. They were discovered and excavated by Carl Deschmann between 1875 and 1877. The settlement Kepje known as the first Deschamnn’s pile-dwelling was the first pile-dwelling discovered in 1875 at Ljubljansko barje. Its discovery led to the first official archaeological excavation in the Province of Carniola. The excavations of the other sites of the northern group followed in the next two years. They revealed wooden vertical piles as well as many decorated ceramic vessels, ceramic idol, objects made from stone, bone, antler and copper. Numerous moulds, crucibles and fragments of bellows provide evidence of metalworking activities in some settlements. Some locations have been once again investigated in the last decades to find out their exact position and state of conservation. It was established that some parts of the settlements are still preserved in a relatively good state including the vertical piles which is in perspective very important for dendrochronological research.

Bibliography comment

Deschmann 1875, 275–284; 1876, 471–484; 1878, 4; Bregant 1964–1965, 179–190; Korošec 1964, 47–56; Korošec, Korošec 1969; Harej 1974, 76–90; Harej 1978, 61–94; 1981–1982, 31–97; 1987, 141–194; Parzinger 1984, 50; Velušček 1997, 51–54, 59–62; Velušček 2004; Čufar, Levanič, Velušček 1997, 15–26; Velušček, Čufar, Levanič 2000, 83–107; Velušček, Čufar 2003, 128, appendix 1; Velušček 2004.