Crvena Stijena

Red Rock Cave

Useful Information

Location: Near Bileca
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: bring torch
Dimension: W=24 m, H=25 m, L=15 m, A=700 m asl.
Guided tours:
Bibliography: Djuro Basler, Mirko Malez, Karl Brunnacke (1966): Die Rote Höhle (Crvena Stijena) bei Bileca/Jugoslawien, Eiszeitalter und Gegenwart, Vol. 17, No 1, Öhringen/Württ., 15. Dezember 1966, pp 61-68
M. Bakovic, B. Mihailovic, D. Mihailovic, M.W. Morley, Z. Vušovic-Lucic, R. Whallon, J.C. Woodward (2009): Crvena Stijena excavations 2004-2006, preliminary report, Journal of Eurasian Prehistory 6 (1-2): 3-31.
Address: Crvena Stijena (Red Rock), Petrovici, 81400 Nikšic, Montenegro
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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1954 beginning of excavations.
1964 end of excavations.
2004 beginning of excavations.
2006 end of excavations.


The Crvena Stijena Archaeological Site is a huge cavern with a 24 m wide and 25 m high portal at 700 m asl. The single chamber is 15 m deep, so while it is actually closed to the public, it is easy to see the whole cave from the entrance. The site was first excavated between 1954 and 1964 and revealed 31 cultural layers. The sediments were between 20 m and 30 m thick, which makes it one of the richest archaeological sites in Europe.