Vela Spila, Vela Luka - Croatia

Situated 130 metres above the Mediterranean port town of Vela Luka on Kor?ula island, Croatia, Vela Spila cave has evidence of use from the Paleolithic 25,000 years ago. The elliptically shaped cavern measures 40m in length, 17m in height, and is approximately 30m wide. Forty two ceramic artefacts dating to the late Upper Palaeolithic period (17,500-15,000YA) are the only examples of ceramic figurative art in southeastern Europe from this period.

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Photo gallery 2016: March, September ...

Photo gallery 2017: March, September ...
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Young Archaeologists' Dig-In Days Vela Luka ...
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AUDIO TOUR of Vela Spila ...

Illustrated TOUR of Vela Spila in  Croatian,  English,  German ...
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2016 Report Low Season ...
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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.

There is one of the few cave in Europe to exhibit such long term consistent use.

It 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 an special opportunity for Vela Luka to expand its tourist offering as part of the growing vision for the town.