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Jamnikov spodmol

Jamnikov spodmol Source: Foto Vidmar.

Mesolithic cave site

Spodmol - a short cave with a high overhanging wall at the entrance - opens up at 719 m above sea level on the western slope of Žerjavec hill (Kavče). At the entrance, the cave is 1.65 m high, but the ceiling drops quickly towards the interior of the cave. The distance from the entrance to the back wall is only 6.5 m.

In 1982, a local from Kočna, Pavel Jamnik, discovered the humble remains of stone-age visitors to the cave: a brown bear tooth, a quartz fragment, some quartz flakes and a bone object that looked like a harpoon. Based on analysis of the charcoal found in the same layer, the findings were assigned to the Mesolithic, a period roughly 9000 to 6000 years BC. It’s impossible to determine more accurately when people of those times visited the cave, but since lime tree charcoal was found, it can be assumed that people visited the cave from around 7000 years BC when lime trees were already growing at this altitude due to climate change that followed the ice age.

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