Vela Spila, Vela Luka - Croatia
Vela Spila – is a unique resource for the community of Vela Luka.
The following (in no particular order) are significant:
The cave is picturesque.
The views from the cave are superb.
The cave is an archaeological site.
Archaeologists dig there every year: mid August to mid September.
Excavations have currently reached 25,000 years ago and are anticipated to go deeper.
The cave's stratigraphy shows it has been used by humans, with only one significant break, for the entire period.
It is one of the few caves in Europe to exhibit such long term consistent use.
The cave is one of only 5 sites in Europe where examples of fired clay figurines have been found in the Paleolithic.
Burials found are among the few examples of Mesolithic child burials and, for an adult male, of secondary inhumation in this period.
Archaeological evidence show us stories of how people lived; what they ate; how they decorated their clothes and themselves; how they passed their time; important events in their lives; and the challenges they faced.
These stories and the information available today about Vela Spila, represent a special opportunity for Vela Luka to expand its tourist offering as part of the growing vision for the town.