Entrance Orientation: NW
Cave Formation: Horizontal
Main Research Years: 2001
Occupation Eras and Dates:
D. Radic. The Zukovica Cave – A Prehistoric Site At The Coast of the Peljesac Channel. Opvsc. Archaeological. 2002. 26. 55-69.
Cave Description: A road will bring you 100m from the cave entrance, making it easily accessible. The surface area of the cave is c. 100 sq m. and is located in an ideal spot for crossing the Peljesac Channel, which at one point was a very important travel route.
Research Chronicles and Data: The sediment layers are fairly regular. At a depth of 1.8m the layers become predominantly gravel with large stones. There are two main phases corresponding to the two phased od development; I and II. Layer I is 40cm thick and dates to the middle Neolithic. Red and black painted pottery shards are frequent finds in this cave. Layer II belongs to the Hvar period. The style combines a dark polished surface with red painting and ‘Hvar fluting’ The cave was also used during the Eneolithic. Only one flint tool has been found however there was an abundance of animal bones and shells at each layer.
Cave Uses: Agropastoral (A.a) - Continuous habitation. Due to the location on a traffic rout, this cave served as the link between the island of Korcula and the peninsular of Pejesac. It was one of the key points of the intensive communication of people, technologies and goods in the area.