Mladeč, near Litovel.
From Hradec Králové follow road to Olomouc. Turn right near Litovel.
JAN to MAR Mon-Fri 10, 13.
APR to AUG Tue-Sun 9-16:30.
SEP Tue-Sun 9-16.
OCT Tue-Sun 9-15.
NOV Mon-Fri 10, 13.
Adults CZK 140, Children (6-15) CZK 80, Children (0-5) free, Students CZK 110, Disabled CZK 110, Seniors CZK 110.
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Dimension:||T=8,5 °C, H=99 %.|
|Guided tours:||D=40 min, L=400 m, St=92. V=20,000/a |
|Address:||Správa Mladeèských jeskynì, Drahomíra Coufalová, 783 21 Mladeč 84, Tel: +420-585-347148. E-mail:|
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Mladečské jeskyně (Mladec Cave) is a famous archaeological site. Here the remains of Neanderthals and so called archaic moderns, modern humans Neandertal affinities or Neandertal features were excavated. It is one of only five sites where this sort of remains were found. The cave also contains some of the oldest prehistorical paintings in the Czech Republic. They are made of red colour, their age can not be determined exactly without carbon for a C14 analysis.
Mladec is 6 km west of Litvel which is known as the Hankain Venice. This in turn is 20 km north west of Olomouc. Mladec Cave comprises of an intricate maze of fissure passages, domes, chimneys and large boulder ruckles, heavily eroded by running water. There is also a rich array of speleothems.
The cave is an important archaeological site and has yielded a rich Pleistocene fauna including Ursus spelaeus, Felis spelaea and Hyena spelaea amongst others.
There is evidence of human occupation from the Palaeolithic to recent times which includes skulls and bones of cave man, Aurignacian stone and bone artefacts, finds of Neolithic, Early Bronze and Slavonic cultures, and finds of war and plunder from the Middle Ages etc.
Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.