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Dragan Božič

Late La Tène-Roman cemetery in Novo mesto.
Ljubljanska cesta and Okrajno glavarstvo

Studies on fibulae and on the relative chronology of the Late La Tène period

Poznolatensko-rimsko grobišče v Novem mestu.
Ljubljanska cesta in Okrajno glavarstvo
Študije o fibulah in o relativni kronologiji pozne latenske dobe

Tone Knez, Novo mesto v davnini (Maribor 1972) page 90:
"Unfortunately even today the rich and interesting material, which is kept in the collection of the National Museum, from the Roman graves and the graves of the Latobici near the district building, has not been analyzed and completely published."


The book contains a presentation of all preserved archaeological finds discovered in 1890 in Novo mesto on part of a road that until 1993 was the initial part of Ljubljanska cesta (Ljubljana road) and from then on the beginning of Seidlova cesta (Seidl's road), and of finds excavated in 1902 in the area of Okrajno glavarstvo (District board). The monograph also includes studies of some types of Late La Tčne fibulae and a study on the relative chronology of the Late La Tčne period.

The author suggests for the cemetery, which till now appeared in the literature under the name Beletov vrt, a new name "Beletov vrt cemetery with its surroundings". It is composed of three main (Ljubljanska cesta, Okrajno glavarstvo and Beletov vrt) and two smaller parts (Hiša Vojska and Skabernetov vrt). The chapter on the history of research, including the transcriptions of all important written sources from the time before World War I, is devoted to this cemetery, as well as the chapter on its chronology.

In the catalogue, on the plates and on some of the figures, the finds from the Ljubljanska cesta and Okrajno glavarstvo areas are presented; they are kept in the prehistoric and Roman collections as well as in the Coin Cabinet of the National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana.

The studies of fibulae are devoted to the variants of the Nauheim type, appearing on the sites of the Mokronog Group in central and eastern Slovenia, to the Nova vas type fibulae and to the arched fibulae of the Idrija Ia type.

A special chapter is devoted to the relative chronology of the Late La Tčne period in the south-eastern Alpine area (the Mokronog Group and Magdalensberg in the Austrian Carinthia) and in northern Italy (Lombardy and the Veneto).

2008, Katalogi in monografije 39, 240 pages, 91 colour and b-w photos, drawings, tables and maps, 33 plates, 24 x 32,8 cm, hardcover, ISBN 978-961-6169-60-8.

Price: 45 €