Archaeologists have found traces of hunters’ weapons dating back to 14,000 to 15,000 years ago at a cave in Slovakia, officials said.
Researchers including Polish #archaeologists from @JagiellonskiUni found stone blades dated back to 15-14 thousand years ago in #HučavaCave in the #BelianskeTatras. Until now, no prehistoric items have been found in any of the #TatraCaves https://t.co/Q3cMPeSkxW #TatraMountains
— Science in Poland (@ScienceinPoland) July 26, 2019
The discovery was made on the beginning of this month by a Slovak-Polish archaeological team at Hučava Cave in Slovakia’s Bellianske Tatras mountain range, according to the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education’s Science in Poland publication.
“We have discovered dozens of stone blades that have survived completely or in fragments, originally embedded on poles,” said Paweł Valde-Nowak from the Institute of Archaeology of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. “We recovered some of the blades from the remnants of a hearth.”
The stone blades are the first of the prehistoric artifacts to be found in the Tatra caves.
“The traces we have discovered show that prehistoric hunters had lived in the cave for a long time,” Valde-Nowak said.
The blades are assumed to date back to the end of the Ice Age when the ice sheet started to disappear from the northern areas of modern Poland, approximate 14,000 to 15,000 years ago.
According to Valde-Nowak, researchers have been looking for traces of prehistoric human presence in the Tatra caves since the 19th century, with no success — until now.
The Magura cave in the Polish Tatras was chosen for research, but the diggings carried out in that cave before World War II did not yield any results, Science in Poland noted.
In addition to the Ice-Age hardware, the archaeologists also found 15th- and 16th-century pieces of clay vessels, as well as coins from World War II.