EXARC Members Groups & Associations

Zavod Svibna (SI)

Member of EXARC since

Svibna Institute is a non-profit non-governmental organization that has been operating in the field of sustainable rural development since 2005. The impetus and inspiration for our work is the nearby Ajdovska Cave near Nemška vas, an archaeological site – a den of a cave bear from 50,000 years ago, a sanctuary and necropolis from the younger Stone Age, and at the same time also a natural value of national importance – a karst cave and a summer refuge for a maternity colony of bats.


We have been amateurishly exploring the archaeological heritage of our surroundings for a long time, collaborating with archaeologists, organizing lectures, guided tours, and smaller festivals. Since 2019, we have also been participating in the European Archaeology Days with our events.

In the years 2021–2022, we reconstructed Neolithic clothing and some objects within the project ""Ajdovske zgodbe iz Posavja" (Pagan stories from Posavje), co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. We use these reconstructions to present life in the Neolithic to various groups. In doing so, we work closely with archaeologists who have explored the site, and relevant museums.

Additional information about the group: https://www.zavod-svibna.si/skupina-ajdi/

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