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A hoard dating to late Antiquity from Puštal above Trnje


The article discusses a hoard from late Antiquity, dated to the period from the second half of the 4th to the beginning or middle of the 5th century. It was found with a metal detector at Puštal above Trnje. As is indicated by the numerous small finds, the settlement was first inhabited in the early Iron Age, and was resettled in the Roman period and late Antiquity. The hoard consist of 13 objects, including tools, objects of everyday use, and weapons. The impressions of fabrics that were preserved on the majority of objects in large or small patches in the corrosion layer indicate that the owner of the objects first wrapped them in linen and then buried them, or rather concealed them with stones along the defensive wall of the settlement. The article is supplemented by a report on the analysis of the small iron bell from the hoard, which was performed by Zoran Milič in the laboratories of the National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana using the EDS XRF method. The results of analysis show that the bell was made from iron and coated with a thin layer of bronze with an admixture of lead and silver..

Keywords: Trnje above Puštal, Stara Loka, Slovenia, prehistory, Roman period, late Antiquity, second half of the 4th century, beginning of the 5th century, hoard, analysis of the metal of the belly

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