Kočna, Jesenice

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Kočna
Kočna is located in Slovenia
Kočna
Kočna
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 46°24′53″N 14°4′49″E / 46.41472°N 14.08028°E / 46.41472; 14.08028Coordinates: 46°24′53″N 14°4′49″E / 46.41472°N 14.08028°E / 46.41472; 14.08028
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Upper Carniola
Statistical region Upper Carniola
Municipality Jesenice
Elevation 669 m (2,195 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 209
[1]

Kočna (pronounced [ˈkoːtʃna]) is a settlement in the Municipality of Jesenice in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.

Name[edit]

Kočna is a relatively common toponym in Slovenia. It is derived from the Slovene common noun kočna 'cirque' and originally refers to a local geographical feature.[2]

Mass grave[edit]

Kočna is the site of a mass grave from the period immediately after the Second World War. The Kočna Mass Grave (Slovene: Grobišče Kočna), also known as the Poljane nad Jesenicami Mass Grave (Grobišče Poljane nad Jesenicami), is located southeast of the settlement, a few dozen meters from a dirt road. It is a visibly sunken area measuring 4 × 1.5 m and it contains the remains of up to 40 German prisoners of war murdered on 7 or 10 May 1945. One of the intended victims was able to escape.[3]

Cultural heritage[edit]

Excavations in 1982 at the Jamnik Rock Shelter (Slovene: Jamnikov spodmol) east of the settlement revealed artifacts from the Mesolithic era. The finds included a bone harpoon blade.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, pp. 193–194.
  3. ^ Kočna Mass Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
  4. ^ Jamnik, Pavel. 1998. "Potek raziskovanja Jamnikovega spodmola na Kočni nad Jesenicami in rezultati sondiranj v okoliških jamah." Arheološki vestnik 49: 17–30.

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