POZABLJENO BOHINJSKO ZLATO, Ivo Janez Cundrič
FORGOTTEN GOLD OF BOHINJ
Cerdonis, Slovenj Gradec, 2002
The book describes 2000 years of iron working in the Bohinj area that used its domestic raw materials exclusively, and yet managed to retain its local character in spite of various cultural and political influences to which it was subjected.
Bohinj was settled in the Iron Age from Venetic places of n.e. Italy. In people's memory remained the Slovene names GRADIŠČE, GRADEC and even the Celtic term DUN. These words actually mean fortified settlement in ancient times.
Ajdovski gradec, Gradišče and Dunaj near Jereka are those locations in Bohinj, well known to the author from his early youth. There he found remains of the ancient iron working production. As metallurgist he studied them thoroughly and began his experimental smelting with local ore.
The book describes also Middle Age and New Age ironworks at new locations near brooks.
Main sources : A.v. Morlot, Alfons Muellner, Stane Gabrovec, Sergij Vilfan, Lars Chr. Norbach, Peter Crew, Arne Espelund, etc.
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