The location of the new Šumi building is rich in history. In the beginning of the 1st century, in the area of what is now Ljubljana, the Romans founded colony Emona, the administrative and economic centre.
During the last excavations in 2004, a Roman road was found that led from east to west, while the remains of a town block - insula XXXIX were found to the north of the road. Among the most valued finds in the area of Šumi Center is a brilliantly made Carnelian gem with image of Maenad or young Bacchus (14,3 x 14 mm) which dates from the 1st century BC. Other important finds include a gem with the image of Mars (15 x 18 mm); Mensa Ponderaria – a block of stone containing six bowl-shaped cavities that represented the town's official measures of the goods being sold to the citizens in order to protect them from being deceived by shopkeepers and merchants; and a sewer system under the centre of the road built towards the end of the 1st century.