Karain Cave, Antalya

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For other uses of Karain, see Karain (disambiguation).Karain Cave (Karain Mağarası) is a Paleolithic archaeological site located at Yağca Village 27km northwest of Antalya city in the Mediterranean region of Turkey.OverviewThe Karain prehistoric site is situated 430m above sea level and about 80m above the eastern slope of Sam Dağı Mountain (Mount Katran), where the western Taurus Mountains calcareous zone borders on the Travertine Plain. Karain is a complex of caves that consists of three main chambers and corridors, separated by calcite walls, narrow curves and passageways. Halls and galleries contain speleothems.OccupationA fragment of a Neanderthal cranium discovered and dated confirms human habitation since the early Paleolithic age between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago. Researchers documented the continuity of human presence in the cave for a period of more than 25,000 years, from the Mesolithic, through the Neolithic and the Chalcolithic, to the Bronze Age. It is assumed that during the time of Greek colonization of Asia Minor (Iron Age), the cave had a religious function, as Greek inscriptions and decorations suggest, that are carved into the rock in front of the entrance.
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  • The city consisted of a tiny bit away is acceptable. A corrupt and narrow way boring. Don't go if you have rain. Walk straight and it's not a place you will be visiting a lot of little kids. If you love the cave of course I may be a waste of time, but if you go to the trip.
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  • Out of the 40 km of provincial roads and around 500 flaw after stairs say that why I came free in a cave I don't know why he's so bellegimiz.
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  • So what's the ladder out nor get off my skin. Aman aman will lead to a cave. Of course, the decision is yours. Meanwhile, Muzekart.
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  • Very far from the city and it's such a small cave that will probably take you less than 5 min to cover all of it. You still need to go through a lot of stairs to get to the cave
  • Impressive. Be prepared to climb some steps before getting to the cave. Tiring but well rewarded.
  • V.long stairs to walk through, doesn't deserv a visit.
  • It is a small cave, but significant historical finding. Not easy to reach, we came with a car. Also the way up the stares is not easy.
  • There is a video surveillance system installed on. But they cannot prevent morons from carving their name on the walls of the cave. Morons not only write their names on the walls, they also pee at the entrance. They are clearly territorial. The annoying thing is all these things happen and the security guy does not let you in because you are carrying a tripod. Good job. You saved the place.
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