Dolenjska, different experiences

Different archaeology

If any aspect of the region can be described using only superlatives, it is most certainly its archaeological aspect. During the prosperity of the Halstatt culture between the 6th and 4th centuries B.C., this region was amongst the most developed regions in Europe. It was especially exceptional in the field of ironwork, which is why today we can admire the marvellous situla art (the capital is called Novo mesto – the city of situla), and in the fields of glass melting and glass bead manufacture. The blue, green, turquoise, yellow, white and transparent glass beads are ornamented with eyelets and protrusions of various colours. Several hundreds of thousands have been discovered in Lower and White Carniola, whereas only hundreds have been discovered elsewhere around the globe. They are one of the most prestigious products of craftsmanship, design and art in this region, and are considered to be an important contribution to the treasure trove of European cultural heritage. The difficulty of the manufacture of these products is evident from the fact that manufacturing replicas from the same materials today would be very complicated and expensive.