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The Šipka cave
Interior of the cave

Šipka is a cave located near Štramberk, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic, 440 m above sea level. In 1880, a mandible of a Neanderthal child was found there. The age of the child has been estimated to be between 9 and 10 years.[1]

The archeological work in Šipka was conducted in years 1879-1893 by Karel Jaroslav Maška. The cave was probably alternatingly inhabited by Neandertals and cave bears. The site also yielded Mousterian tools and traces of hearths. This was the first discovery of Neanderthal remains in their cultural context.


  1. ^ Jiří Svoboda, Vojen Ložek, Emanuel Vlček, "Hunters between East and West: the Paleolithic of Moravia", 1996, ISBN 0-306-45250-2, pp.52-54 (Google books)

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Coordinates: 49°35′14.9″N 18°7′9.11″E / 49.587472°N 18.1191972°E / 49.587472; 18.1191972