Details of Slovenian marine and coastal archeological heritage


Dataset identification

Title of datasetSlovenian marine and coastal archeological heritage
Narrative summary of datasetThe sea along the Slovenian coast was long thought to be empty and devoid of interest as far as vestiges of the past were concerned. Some decades ago, however, fishers began reporting on wooden timbers caught in their nets, amateur fishermen were observing wooden hulls during breath-hold diving on undisclosed locations and divers with autonomous diving gear were relating fascinating shipwrecks from World War II, which revealed quite a different picture. The sea has since been scientifically investigated, and in the last two decades, members of the Scientific Research Section of the Port of Koper Divers’ Society have compiled a list of 20 sunken objects, while new data has also been acquired by the high-resolution bathymetric survey of the Slovenian seafloor in 2006-2008. The cultural heritage register at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia today includes 52 underwater areas, both coastline and sea, with cultural remains. However, more than 90 observed underwater areas which are not in National cultural heritage register are recognised as anthropogenic changes which are connected to the transgression of Adriatic sea to the Nord Adriatic Sea finished around 5000 years ago. Almost 37 registered sites are wrecks among them also the earliest known shipwreck in Slovenia, dating to the Roman period. This register represents the first step towards fulfilling the commitments of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
Supporting documentationPKD-new.pdf
Start date2003-01-01
End date2008-12-31

Responsible organisations

Organisation nameMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of Republic of Slovenia
Role of organisationOriginator of Dataset

Dataset availability

Original dataset download link
Date of original dataset publication2019-04-11
Dataset formatDocuments
Geographic Information System
Public accessNo limitations
License for usePDDL


Latitude north boundary45.61580422
Longitude east boundary13.75152521
Latitude south boundary45.47546261
Longitude west boundary13.46133778
Coordinate reference systemWorld Geodetic System 84
Sea areaAdriatic Sea

Data types, collection and processing

Observation typeCultural Heritage
ParameterArchaelogical site location
Maritime museum location
Wreck location
Salt evaporation pond location

Process information

Submitting organisationNational Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station
Submission identifier (UUID)39e2c853-ee4a-490a-9c21-bc919a686180
Date of dataset creation2019-03-21
Date of metadata creation2019-03-27
Date of metadata latest revision2019-04-05
Date of publishing2019-04-09
Processing data centreCOGEA SRL, Business Management Consultants
Summary record-ID451