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Petralona Cave, Halkidiki Region

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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3.9/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
The Petralona cave also Cave of the Red Stones, a Karst formation - is located at 300m above sea-level on the western foot of Mount Katsika, 1km east of the eponymous village, about 35km south-east of Thessaloniki city on the Chalkidiki peninsula, Greece. The site came to public attention when in 1960 a fossilized hominid skull was found. The cave had been discovered accidentally only a year earlier (1959) after erosion had left clefts in the rock. "Bejeweled" with impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations and holding an abundance of fossils the cave soon attracted geologists and paleontologists. After decades of excavations the cave is open to the public and scientific work is documented and presented in an adjacent Archaeological Museum.The cave's most prominent fossil specimen, since known among paleoanthropologists as the "Petralona Skull", named Archanthropus europaeus petraloniensis by Aris Poulianos, former head of the Anthropological Association of Greece. He considers it the oldest European hominid ever found and assessed it to be 800.000 years old. Yet "there was the constant problem that the skull was an isolated find" as other scientists strongly disagree and the find has been a continuing cause of controversy since. The Anthropological Association's conclusions and results are in direct conflict with accepted speciation models of the genus Homo and the chronology of the Out of Africa theory.
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  • Very nice... Departure from the parking lot by train... 2 euros... Go / return... Have they earn their living. Admission is 5.00 euros... An output which is not indifferent...
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  • Taking pictures is not allowed, unfortunately. In the cave realized two things: 1. Inside the mountain very cool; 2. I have a light degree of claustrophobic. And very good guide, similar to a brutal underground dwarf.
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  • I was with a tour group there and from what was offered but sorely disapointed. NEA Potidea to the cave is ca. 23 km, largely driving through Olivenhaine.Dort arrived may the bus reportedly not take the 600 metres to the place of destination although a wide road leads to the top and there is a turning plate. The whole thing has system in shape, that parking lot a conveyor belt is back and forth bringing the visitors for 2 euro. The entrance to the cave was declared has been increased from 5.-euro 8.-euro for adults, persons over 65 pay 4-Euro.Die leadership in the cave takes ca. 30 minutes taking pictures is prohibited. Displaying is everything that the guides in cooperation with all there making only the guests pull the money out of your pocket. For with the service in any form and pure rip-off is true.
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