Entrance Orientation: SW
Entrance Altitude: 550m asl
Cave formation: Horizontal karst
Cave Map: N/A
Main Research Years: 19th century, 1998
Occupation Eras and Dates: Palaeolithic; Mesolithic.
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Pilaar Birch, S.E. and Miracle, P. 2015. Subsistence continuity, change, and environmental adaptation at the site of Nugljanska, Istria, Croatia. Environmental Archaeology 20 (1), 30-40.
Cave Description: Easy to access.
Research Chronicles and Data: In1998 investigation occured as part of the Pupicine Cave Project. One large trench with four quadrants was excavated against the eastern wall of the cave, covering an area of 4 m2 and reaching a depth of 2·5 m. All sediments were dry-sieved using a 6 mm mesh and flotation samples were taken. The excavated levels contained material from the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic (15–8 kya). All post-Mesolithic deposits were likely excavated by Moser at the end of the 19th century.
The lithic finds from the Mesolithic levels (n = 367) are typical for the time period and region, consisting of endscrapers and linear tools (Komšo 2006). There is evidence for hearths and a large number of faunal remains as well as a small amount of worked bone have been recovered (Miracle and Forenbaher 2000). There are no known human burials.
Cave Uses: Seasonal hunting site (A.c) -