Kleidi Cave

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Kleidi Cave
Σπήλαιο Κλειδί
Kleidi Cave
Kleidi Cave
location in Greece
Locationnorth of Kleidonia
RegionIoannina regional unit, northwestern Greece
Coordinates39°58′51″N 20°40′2″E / 39.98083°N 20.66722°E / 39.98083; 20.66722Coordinates: 39°58′51″N 20°40′2″E / 39.98083°N 20.66722°E / 39.98083; 20.66722

Klithi or Kleidi Cave (Greek: Σπήλαιο Κλειδί, Spelaio Kleidi) is located to the north of the village of Kleidonia in the Ioannina regional unit and around 500 m (1,600 ft) west of the Megalakkos Cave, northwestern Greece. It is situated atop the northern bank of the Voidomatis river valley.


Archaeological excavations that were undertaken by a British team between 1983 and 1986 revealed the cave that contained artifacts, stone tools, faunal remains and other fossils, that were dated back to the Paleolithic and the Epigravettian culture between 20,000 and 12,000 years ago.[1][2][3] Analogous discoveries were made by the same research team in the neighboring Megalakkos cave.


  1. ^ "Settlement, Society and Cognition in Human Evolution". Google Books. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. ^ KATERINA HARVATI, ELENI PANAGOPOULOU, AND CURTIS RUNNELS. "The Paleoanthropology of Greece". Academia. Retrieved February 22, 2017.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Klithi in its local and archaeological setting" (PDF). research.manchester. Retrieved February 22, 2017.