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Večen Piran/ Eterna Pirano/ Eternal Piran

Snježana Karinja

 

In the light of archaeological finds

 

The publication that supplements the exhibition entitled »Eternal Piran in the Light of Archaeological Finds« presents separate archaeological sites in Piran, i. e. immovable archaeological heritage as well as some small finds from prehistory to the more recent times. As the essence of the matter, a 6th century peacock-shaped brooch found in 1991 in the Church of St. George was chosen, given that the peacock is a symbol of immortality and eternity. Therefore, corporate archaeological artefacts as well as parts of objects that were found in Piran during archaeological excavations and examinations or randomly on land or sea floor are presented. Although the book presents several just partially preserved items, these had once been parts of a whole and are also treated in this way. Some objects are emphasized more explicitly, such as prehistoric items found during archaeological excavations at Židovski kare in the area of Stari trg, Roman amphorae from the sea floor, ivory box from the Church of St. Georg, belt buckle found near the Town walls, individual stone monuments, etc. In order to achieve as complete presentation of Eternal Piran as possible, an interlacement of archaeological sites and archaeological finds, which speak of the continuity of life in Piran from prehistoric times onwards and create a single unit, is presented at the exhibition. 


During the archaeological excavations carried out in Piran, numerous remains of building activities and movable finds from all possible periods were discovered and documented, which certainly changed our views and knowledge about our near and distant past. All gathered data are now part of a whole and thus part of the present which, however, will be history as early as tomorrow in the imaginary time of eternal Piran.
The book includes Mojca Kovač's text on construction and development of the complex of St. George's Church in Piran with the list of several preserved stone elements of the pre-Roman sacral equipment of the church and baptistery, decorated with spiral ornaments characteristic of those times.
The remains of various construction activities and movable finds from all possible periods discovered during the archaeological excavations no doubt change our views and knowledge about our near and far past.  All of the gathered data are now part of a whole and therefore part of the present time which, however, will be history as early as tomorrow at an imaginary time of eternal Piran.

 

Edited by: Maritime museum "Sergej Mašera" Piran, 2013 (The book is written in slovenian and italian language- Summary is in english language)

 

Price: 12,00 €