Sponsored by: University of Primorska
History buried directly beneath the recent regional road and the border crossing between Slovenia and Croatia, in Zavrč was discovered in 2007 during the construction of infrastructure. Almost parallel to the modern road was a medieval road with an adjacent medieval village. Beneath the altar a Roman road was located with a settlement partly destroying an older roman military camp. Below all that, the remains of a prehistoric settlement, and most significantly the remains of a Late Bronze and Early Iron age cemetery were discovered.
The most important find in Zavrč, with an historic and cultural significance exceeding the borders of today’s Slovenia, was this prehistoric cemetery. More than 57 cremation burials, presenting the site with the longest duration in the region, covering a period of more than 600 years, were discovered. As such, it presents the best opportunity to study long processes of cultural development in the region and it enables the identification of changes in material culture and burial rites during the period of immense social and technological transformations.