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Grotta del Colombo (Dove’s Cave)

Dove’s Cave opens some tens of meters higher than Basura and Santa Lucia Caves. It is a wide 50-meter long tunnel, with a lateral amphitheater of notable size.  This cave is of great prehistoric interest and was excavated in multiple stages from the end of the 1800s. From such excavations come testimonials of several phases of human occupancy starting approximately 300,000 years ago.


The ancient inhabitants of this cave (probably Homo heidelbergensis) manufactured their tools with stone collected in the area, particularly along the Varatella riverbed. Current studies are significantly contributing to the knowledge of this ancient habitat and its influence on the behavior of prehistoric human populations. Given the uniqueness of its archeological remains, this cave is not normally open to the public.

la Grotta del Colombo

The discovery

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