The Balkan Cave Archaeology website is now officially one of the largest on-line databases for archaeological sites in the Balkans. After two weeks in the field and more than 240 man-hours in the libraries, we are happy to announce that our website database now holds forms for 91 caves with specific Neolithic evidence.
After two months on a beta format, our website is gradually going fully functional. Now caves from Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bulgaria are finally on-line. The cave logs from Montenegro and Albania are now almost complete with only a few still to be added from Croatia and Greece.
Of course we haven't forgot Romania! This season is, however, coming to an end, but we are looking to index Romanian caves next winter if we manage to secure more funding for our project.
Interactive maps with all the countries will be added soon!
Except from geomorphological, chronological and archaeological data, the maps of the caves are now gradually appearing on-line. Check the maps of the caves such as Vaganska, Pupicina and Crvena Stijena. Due to a funding shortage the digitalising and uploading of the cave maps unfortunately had to stop before our entire catalogue of caves had been processed. We are looking forward to receive more funding next year in order to finalise the mammoth job that we started.
Yesterday we spent one of our final days with a visit to the Acropolis (where the picture below was taken). In the meantime though, we are still out looking for caves. Stay tuned for our updates!
Kitsos cave was named after a famous villain of the 19th century. First a policeman and later a thief and a racketeer, Kitsos and his gang used the cave as a hide-out. Even the famous businessman of Lavrion mines Jean Baptiste Serpieri paid Kitsos protection money.
The cave was excavated in 1966 from the French Archaeological School at Athens under the direction of archaeologist N. Lambert. The finds proved that the cave was used intermittently from the Palaeolithic era (40,000 years BP) until the 19th century AD. The location of the cave with a view towards the south-eastern coastline of Attica and the western Cyclades, made it perhaps -as argued by the excavator- the perfect retreat and observation point. More information about the archaeology of Kitsos cave you can find in our website at
Balkan Cave Archaeology team visited the cave on the 23rd of June with a representative of the Ephorate of Speleology, in order to photograph the cave and to take microenvironmental samples.
We started quite late due to problems with the car rental company, but in the end we managed to collect some very interesting information regarding the interaction that the cave users had with the cave environment in the Neolithic. Next cave is going to be Leontari cave in Ymittos mountain.
Stay tuned from more info about Balkan Neolithic Caves.
After an "Endurance Journey" through Europe, with a lots of difficulties, changes, and strange encounters we are finally in the field visiting some nice caves.
During the previous week, the Balkan Cave Archaeology team indexed more than 15 new caves, which will soon appear on our cave depot section. These are mainly caves from Croatia and Slovenia, but we also indexed one cave from Albania (Velce), two from Greece (Antiparos and Ayia Triada) and one from Bulgaria (Devetashka).
But the Great news has come from the Balkan Speleological Union. The BCA team was overjoyed when they received this mail from Alexey Zhalov!
Balkan Speleological Union recognises Balkan Cave Archaeology project as a research endeavour beneficial to the study of Balkan karst areas and how those have been used by people in the Neolithic.
"We are happy to inform you that the Bureau of Balkan Speleological Union appreciates the initiative of foundation of Balkan Cave Archaeology project as very useful for the study of Balkan caves and the partnership among Balkan cavers.
We spread already your kind letter to all national delegates and speleological organisations with appeal to joint the project.
We would be pleased if you agree to carry out the project under the patronage of BSU and to use our logo with link to our web page in the page of the project.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information,
President of Balkan Speleological Union
Time has come for our first fieldwork season!
In a couple of days a team from Cardiff is off to Balkans in order to explore Neolithic Caves.
This summer we will visit few caves in Croatia and Greece for pilot research. Main aim is to visit already excavated and published caves such as Mala Pecina, Kitsos and Leontari in order to recored their microenvironmental characteristics such as temperature, humidity and luminance . We will also look for a promising cave in order to excavate it next summer.
Many people have helped to organise this trip . Special thanks to Cardiff University Caving Club which generously provides the team members with some decent caving equipment.
Stay tuned on the following days. For more field updates, pictures and sounds from the Underground.
So, Turn the music on and lets cave...