Rifnik Hill

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Rifnik Hill is a hill with an archaeological open-air museum located in eastern Slovenia. The archaeological park consists of reconstruction of a Hallstatt culture house[1] (from the late Bronze Age), there were also found the early Iron Age burial mounds on its northern and eastern slopes, a temple dedicated to Aqvon, the deity of the Voglajna river was built in Late Roman era, on the foundations of which later an Early Christian church was built, and, additionally on its western edge another church where Arianism was practiced.[2]

Archaeological Park[edit]

The permanent exhibition is based on more than a hundred years of archaeological research and is divided into two parts.[3]

The first part is about the beginnings of the excavations and the material culture of the Bronze Age and Iron Age from the end of the 4th century B.C. to the arrival of the Romans, while the second shows a renewed flourishing during the period from the arrival of the Romans to that of the Slavs (1st – 6th centuries).


  1. ^ Rifnik, Cultural heritage registry, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
  2. ^ Modrijan, Zvezdana (2006): Rifnik, Institut of archaeology, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  3. ^ Ciglenečki, S. (1999): Rifnik nad Šentjurjem. In: Millennia's Treasures. History of Slovenia from Neanderthals to Slavs ("Zakladi tisočletij. Zgodovina Slovenije od neandertalcev do Slovanov"), 359–361. Ljubljana

Further reading[edit]

  • Pirkmajer, D. (1994): Rifnik. Arheološko najdišče. Vodnik. Celje.

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Coordinates: 46°11′54.55″N 15°24′24.80″E / 46.1984861°N 15.4068889°E / 46.1984861; 15.4068889