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This exhibition is dedicated to the remains found during the archaeological excavations in the Old town Barilović. Barilović is a village and a municipality in Karlovac County.
Thanks to those excavations there is today a better insight into the everyday life in Croatian Old towns. For the first time, the Old town Barilović was recognised as a prehistoric site with two different settlement: Eneolithic (Lasinja culture) and Late Bronze Age.
Later, during its feudal period, new interpretation of small finds and the relations of building structures, have underlined three distincts phases of life in the Old town and that it was probably established in the 15th century.
The first period, with the small finds attest of the presence of lesser nobility with some luxurious products of European workshops, proof to a vivid and well organised trade in this period.
Later, at the beginning of the 17th century, the place was taking over by an army unit of the Military border. They were stationed in the Old town until the Border’s dissolution in 1871. Small finds also attest of this phase : there are no luxurious ceramic and glass vessels, the weaponry changes, and the production is mostly local.
After the dissolution of the Military border the town came under civilian government. The county administration and school are now situated in the preserved rooms, while the rest of the town is left to slow deterioration. Small finds are of local origin, but are less numerous, indicating the short time span of this phase and lesser number of users of the old town.
The Old town Barilović was definitely abandoned after the Allies’ bombing in the WW II. The deterioration stopped when the county start the renovation and new researches.