The collection comprises tens and tens of fragments, mainly of ceramic vessels from various time-frames and from various archaeological sites. The archaeological collection is based on objects from the Sadnikar’s Collection. Among them you could find metal objects, such as axes, needles, fibulas, various blades – knives, spear-shaped points, decorative objects, jewellery from different pre-historian metal ages, as well as older stone tools and younger, mainly antique, vessels and jewellery. In 1964 the Museum bought 195 objects form the Sadnikar’s Collection and objects such as fossils, bones of cave bear and other animals, shells, etc.
The archaeological objects are acquired mainly by archaeological excavations, gifts and sometimes by purchases. The main purchase took place in 1964 (the Sadnikar’s Collection), in 2007 the Museum purchased some objects from Trojane, while the majority of archaeological material is acquired as a result of regular activities, performed in compliance with the heritage-protection consents, granted by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.
Curator: Janja Železnikar, archaeologist, curator
The majority of archaeological funds consists of archaeological material, excavated around Trojane. So far in the Museum we have inventoried more than 2500 fragments and more or less all the objects, excavated by Mirina Zupančič in 1966, 1970 and 1975. A great part of the depot and Museum showcases are filled with archaeological finds from Mali grad, the ruins of a castle on the hill in Kamnik. This hill has been of great importance for Kamnik and its development and was explored by dr. Milan Sagadin in the years 1978, 1979, 1982, 1986, in 1990 – 1992 until 1994. The archaeological fund consists of archaeological objects from the territory of seven former municipalities, which once made a network, managed by the Kamnik Museum. The material from this area is still being acquired by our Museum. During the past decade we have acquired material from Velika Planina (excavations by T. Cevc, J. Železnikar), from Krtina (excavations by D. Snoj in 1989, 1999), Trojane (excavations by Draško Josipovič in 2003), from Šentpavel near Dragomelj (excavations of a roman villa in 2001 by Arhej d.o.o.) and excavations, led by our Museum in the years 2006 and 2007 on Onger hill above Trzin. To the archaeological depot and to the Museum showcases are coming well-preserved objects form the Suhadole well (excavations by J. Hrovat in the year 2000) from Grdavov hrib (excavations by M. Sagadin and M. Bremšak in 1996) and from other sites in Kamnik and other municipalities, like Kratna, Šmartno in Tuhinj Valley, Homec hill, Nevlje, Mekinje, Blagovica, Mengeš, Zaprice, Češnjice etc.