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 .