Karain Cave, Antalya

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Karain Cave is a cave and a Paleolithic archaeological site located at Yağca village 27km northwest of Antalya city in the Mediterranean region of Turkey.Karain is a prehistoric cave, situated at a height of about 370 m from the sea and about 80 m up the slope, where the Western Taurus calcareous zone borders on the travertine plain. Evidence of human habitation dating back to the early Paleolithic age (150,000-200,000) years has been discovered in the caves, including a fragment of a Neanderthal skull.Museum of Anatolian Civilizations hosts an extensive collection of artifacts from the excavations at Karain. The people of Palaeolithic Age were hunter-gatherer communities living in caves. The stone and bone tools of the people of that Age are exhibited in the museum.
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  • It was nice not that much to see but interesting to read about. Recommendation is to go in the evening when it is cooler as it is hard to walk up all the stairs in the midday. Bring water as there isn...  more »
  • These were not among the best caves I've ever been to, but still a nice place to visit if you have the time. The caves are located 1.45 hours outside of Antalya center, so if you aren't interested in ...  more »
  • It was little cold and too much stairs (470 steps), but very nice place to go, didn't think my 2 years old son will like but I was wrong, he really enjoyed the echo of his voice, and as a geologist I ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Nice place & nice look but small Cave
  • It's a dark cave. There was nobody else here on the day, which was nice. Come here first, then see more at the Antalya Museum -- you'll better appreciate what you see in the museum when you understand the context, IMHO.
  • Nice but if you are not a cave lover, there is nothing interesting inside. Good place when it is hot outside.
  • It is a long way up to see a little.

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