Session 624: City and River
Tuesday 10 July 2007, 11.15-12.45
|Moderator/Chair:||Gerhard Jaritz, Institut für Realienkunde, Universität Salzburg, Krems / Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest|
|Paper 624-a||Ljubljana and the Ljubljanica: Archaeological Finds from the River as a Clue for the History of a Medieval Town|
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Trade, Military History
|Paper 624-b||River Control and City Domination: The City-State of Metz and Its Waterways at the End of the Middle Ages|
Index terms: Administration, Local History, Social History, Technology
Paper a: The National Museum of Slovenia has a collection of some 6000 objects from the river Ljubljanica. They originate from different periods from the Stone Age to the Modern Era, many of them from the Middle Ages. They all confirm the importance of the river as a communication route between the northern Adriatic, and the Balkans and Danubian area, respectively. In the High and Late Middle Ages traffic along Ljubljanica was especially significant for the town that arose in the 12th century as Laibach or Luwigana, following its predecessors from Prehistoric and Roman Ages. Medieval finds from the river such as tools, weapons, pottery and various other objects not only document everyday life but also shed light on topics that are not well represented in the historical sources.