Entrance Orentaion: S
Entrance Altitude: 700m asl
Cave Formation: Horizontal
Main Research Years: 1984
Occupation Eras and Dates: Mesolithic to Iron Age
Forenbaher, S and Vranjican, P. 1985. Vaganacka pecina. Opusc. Archaeolo. 10, 4-21.
Cave Description: The cave is located on the coastal slope of the Velebit Mountain. The cave can be divided into three parts: the entrance area, the middle section and the final hall. Entrance area, dimensions 25x15 m is predominantly dry and well-lit living-light and very comfortable to stay. The ground is covered with a layer of culture, thick, about 4 m. In recent years, this is part of the rebuilt stone walls and even now occasionally serves as a corral for the sheep.
By the second part of the cave comes to creep through a short, very narrow tubules. At a time when the first visitors had begun to hold in the caves made a whole from the entrance area. But as in one part of the ceiling of the cave significantly lowered, the gradual accumulation of material and the level of soil in the cave middle part completely separated from the entrance hall. The thickness of the cultural layer is that an average of about 3m and decreased towards the end of the channel.
The final room of the cave, measuring about 15 x 20 m differs significantly from the previously described sections. The walls and ceiling are decorated with numerous stalactites and water constantly dripping with stalactites maintain a constant level in several large cistern that could supply a small group of residents. The ground is covered with a 10-20cm thick layer of clay Žitková in cave there is a level of culture in the true sense of the word, and pottery is scattered across the entire surface. In this part of the cave there is complete darkness. Suitable shape and position of the entrance area of the cave has been providing its inhabitants favorable conditions for the room. Inside part of the entrance, which is easy to hide the ideal space for refuge, it seems that for this purpose served at the end of the Bronze Age, as documented by numerous fragments of large vessels for stocks that were found in the final hall.
Research Chronicles and Data: April 1984 limited excavations of 2% of total site area. Near back of cave. Cultural strata more than 4m thick. 8 successive phases of occupation.
Phase 2 Early Neolithic including some cardium-impresso pottery sherds.
Phase 3 Middle Neolithic Danile culture. Relative abundance and variety of flint objects.
Phase 4 Hvar culture of late Neolithic.
Phase 5 Eneolithic.
Cave Uses: Storage (A.b)