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Vače of the Iron Age
Along the Geoss circular path there is a large settlement and burial ground complex, one of the largest in Slovenia and the south-eastern Alpine area.

The surroundings of Vače were populated already during the Neolithic period while the more condensed and planned settlement by the population came about in the beginning of the Palaeolithic period, called the Haltstadt period, in the 8th century B.C. There were a great many finds of older Haltstadt graves with burials by burning (from the period between the 8th and the 7th centuries B.C.). From the graves it is possible to conclude that these were the distinctly wealthy members of the military aristocracy with offerings of weapons and precious objects.

With the onset of the Roman period, the settlement moved to lower locations. The iron hoe is the only find known to exist from this period.

There have been 16 Haltstadt houses excavated in Krona up to now, which have a rectangular shape with foundations made of stones stacked without the use of mortar. These were mud plastered log cabins.

The found iron slag pieces undoubtedly prove that metallurgy and forging flourished in this settlement.

The majority of the excavated valuables are abroad. Excavations were namely led predominantly by foreign researchers .

During the Occupation in the 1941-1945 Period
As the whole of Slovenia, the Vače area was also in the clutches of the occupier. The Sava River was an important traffic artery; in its immediate surroundings, the Italian and German occupiers have divided the Slovenian territory amongst themselves.

The area.s inhabitants immediately took up the rebellion initiative of the Liberation Front. This was the area of operations of the Kamniško-zasavski detachment, which organized numerous diversion raids and maintained the connection over the Sava River . an extremely demanding task because the railway across the Sava River was heavily defended.

A German stronghold was maintained at Vače until July 1944 when the Partisan units planted an explosive in a mail package, which destroyed the stronghold.

The four-year liberation struggle wrote the area of today.s Geometric Centre of Slovenia into our history with red letters.

 

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