Stone heritage in Southeast Slovenia
M. Golež, B. Mirtič, 2015. "Stone heritage in Southeast Slovenia", Global Heritage Stone: Towards International Recognition of Building and Ornamental Stones, D. Pereira, B. R. Marker, S. Kramar, B. J. Cooper, B. E. Schouenborg
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The landscape of southeast Slovenia and its heritage in stone is, in terms of geology, primarily identified through the application of various types of sandstone of Miocene age, from those of Lower Miocene found in the wider areas of Celje and Ptuj to those of Middle Miocene found in and around Šmarje pri Jelšah and Rogaška Slatina. The inactive quarries in this region reveal traces of stonemasonry, while the outcrops of clastic sedimentary rocks reveal their diverse geological heritage. Hence, the wealth of natural and cultural heritage of a place is intertwined in one spot, offering an opportunity to make stonemasonry, stonemasons’ products, the traditional technological know-how, as well as arts and sciences, popular. With the stone heritage of southeast Slovenia gravely threatened, the abandoned quarries identified represent potential sites for obtaining natural stone for the purposes of renovating architectural heritage structures in the Slovenian countryside and more widely, like in the case of the revitalization of the abandoned quarry in Strtenica.