Cave Formation: Horizontal Rockshelter
Main Research Years:
Occupation Eras and Dates:
Early Neolithic: 6008-5846 cal BC; 5981-5758 cal BC; 5979-5752 cal BC; 5708-5559 cal BC; 5618-5487 cal BC
Mid Neolithic: 5306-5069 cal BC; 5208-4951 cal BC; 4990-4799 cal BC
Late Neolithic: 4535-4368 cal BC; 4452-4342 cal BC; 4044-3959 cal BC; 4326-4054 cal BC
Chalcolithic: 4229-3978 cal BC; 3968-3800 cal BC
Forenbaher, S. and Kaiser, T. 2001. Nakovana cave: an Illyrian ritual site. Antiquity 75, 677-8.
*Forenbaher, S. and Kaiser, T. 2010. Grapceva, Nakovana I neolitik istocnog Jadrana. In D. Perkic (ed). Arheoloska istazivanja u Neretvansko-Dubrovackoj zupaniji. Zagreb: Hervatsko arheolosko drustvo. 25-31.
Forenbaher, S., Kaiser, T. and Miracle, P.T. 2013. Dating the East Adriatic Neolithic. European Journal of Archaeology 16 (4), 589-609.
Cave Description: Overlooks the Adriatic Sea from below the crest of a high ridge near the important western tip of the Peljesac peninsula, 100km north of Dubrovnik.
45m long cave channel comprising two chambers beyond what was presumed to be the end of a relatively deep abri. Low entrance of channel was sealed by a natural accumulation of cave deposits and by intentionally piled up limestone rocks.
Cave Uses: Hellenistic ritual site.