|Location:||East of Cartagena. RM-12 east exit , on RM-F42 west towards Estreche de San Gines. After 1.2km forst hill on the right side, signposted. Dirt road to cave entrance above.|
On special days and after appointment.
|Address:||Cueva Victoria, Tel: +34-.|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|early 20th cty||caves mined for magnesium.|
|1984||begin of excavations.|
|2009||evaluation for the use as a show cave.|
The Cueva Victoria is an important archaeological cave. It is one of the main sites for late Neanderthal remains and one of the pillars of the "Out of Africa" theory. And it contained some of the oldest human remains in existence. Vast quantities of fossil remains, including elephants, horses, hyenas, dolphins, birds, and human material, were excavated. The oldest findings are 1.3 Million years old, remains of the first humans living in Europe.. This makes this site one of the most important archaeological and paleontological site in in Europe.
In 2009 the cave was evaluated for the use as a show cave. The archaeological excavations required an access road, trails in the cave and electric light. As a result the cave is more or less developed. Since this time the cave is open several times a year on special occasions, but unfortunately it was not opened as a show cave until now. However, many findings from the cave are on display in the Museo Arqueologico Municipal (Municipal Archaeological Museum) in Cartagena. It also shows many items form numerous other caves in the area.