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Podpeč limestone: a heritage stone from Slovenia

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S. Kramar
S. Kramar
Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Dimičeva 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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M. Bedjanič
M. Bedjanič
Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, Maribor Regional Unit, Pobreška cesta 20a, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
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B. Mirtič
B. Mirtič
Department of Geology, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Aškerčeva 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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A. Mladenović
A. Mladenović
Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Dimičeva 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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B. Rožič
B. Rožič
Department of Geology, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Aškerčeva 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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D. Skaberne
D. Skaberne
Department of Geology, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Aškerčeva 12, 1000 Ljubljana, SloveniaGeological Survey of Slovenia, Dimičeva 14, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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M. Gutman
M. Gutman
Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Restoration Centre, Poljanska 40, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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N. Zupančič
N. Zupančič
Department of Geology, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Aškerčeva 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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B. Cooper
B. Cooper
University of South Australia, School of Natural & Built Environments, Barbara Hardy Institute, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
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Published:
January 01, 2015

Abstract

Podpeč Limestone is characterized by its dark grey or nearly black colour, contrasting with white fossil shells of the mollusc Lithiotis. This formation, which has been dated as Lower Jurassic, occurs in southern and southwestern Slovenia and is particularly conspicuous in areas SW of Ljubljana. The main quarry, which is not active, is located near the village of Podpeč near Ljubljana and has been recognized as a geological site of national importance; as such, it is officially protected as a natural monument. The utilization of Podpeč Limestone was first documented during the Roman period in Slovenia. At the end of the 5th century AD, with the decline of the Roman Empire, stone-cutting ceased at Podpeč for many centuries. Towards the end of the 19th century Podpeč Limestone became better-known. During the first half of the 20th century significant stonecutting workshops were established in Podpeč with most stone being supplied from the main quarry. The internationally renowned Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik (1872–1957) used Podpeč Limestone in various Slovenian buildings, some of national importance. The utilization and national recognition of Podpeč Limestone within Slovenia provide abundant support for its nomination as a Global Heritage Stone Resource.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Global Heritage Stone: Towards International Recognition of Building and Ornamental Stones

D. Pereira
D. Pereira
University of Salamanca, Spain
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B. R. Marker
B. R. Marker
Independent Consultant, UK
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S. Kramar
S. Kramar
Slovenian National Building and CivilEngineering Institute, Slovenia
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B. J. Cooper
B. J. Cooper
University of South Australia, Australia
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B. E. Schouenborg
B. E. Schouenborg
Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden
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Geological Society of London
Volume
407
ISBN electronic:
9781862396951
Publication date:
January 01, 2015

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