Franchthi Cave

Franchthi Cave (or Frankithi cave, Greek Σπήλαιον Φράγχθη) is a cave overlooking the Argolic Gulf that has yielded large numbers of artifacts relating to Neolithic Greece.

The cave is a prehistoric site in the Greek Peloponnese, in southeastern Argolid, across a bay from the Greek village of Koilada. The cave shows occupation from the epipalaeolithic c, 10,000 BC and, following a hiatus, it was reoccupied in the Mesolithic between 7500 and 6000 BC. This is the longest recorded continuous occupation of any site in Greece by far.

Obsidian items from the cave have been traced to the island of Melos 80 miles away by sea, which indicates that boats were used in the period. Around 5800 BC evidence of domesticated animals appears in the archaeological record at the cave.


Franchthi Excavation Photos from Dept. of Archaeology, Indiana University


Archeological history of Franchthi Cave

Greek Caves

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