A mysterious grave without a body
In July and August 2022, during renovation of the hot water supply system in Argentina Park, archaeological research was carried out in the area between Štefanova ulica and Puharjeva ulica. The excavations uncovered part of Roman Emona’s northern cemetery. At one time, this would have extended along the road leading to Celeia (today’s Celje).
A total of 23 Roman graves were excavated, 22 of them inhumation burials and one that was presumably a cremation burial. Most of the graves contained no grave goods. Iron nails were found in some of them, leading to the conclusion that the deceased had been buried in a coffin or similar wooden structure.
Only three graves yielded objects that had either been part of the deceased’s clothing or had been placed in the grave at the time of the burial. Two of these (referred to in the field work as Burial 1 and Burial 2) are showcased in this exhibition.
Production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
Texts by: Bernarda Županek, PhD; Helena Bešter, B.A. Archaeology, Kaja Stemberger Flegar, PhD (UK)
Producer: Ana Modic
Conservation: Helena Pucelj Krajnc, Zala Rebernak, Anamarija Babič
Photographs: Rok Bremec, B.A. Archaeology; Karmen Brecelj
Graphic design: Bojan Lazarević, Agora Proars
Translation: Marjana Karer
Promotion: Urša Karer
Exhibition production and layout: O.K.VIR, Technical services of MGML
Mondays, 1 January, 1 November and 25 December: Closed