They discovered a new chasm in the Slovak karst, they also found human bones in it – Earth – Science and technology


On the Silicka Plain, which is part of the Slovak Karst National Park, cavers discovered a previously unknown chasm back in June.

Human bones were also found in her bowels, which, according to experts’ findings, come from the late Middle Ages. This was stated by Gabriel Lešinský from the Slovak Museum of Nature Conservation and Caving.

“The discovery was made by a waiter at the caving club in Košice, who knows the area very well. During the surface survey, he came across this location completely by chance,” explained Lešinský. As he added, volunteer and museum speleologists subsequently collaborated on the discovery. They named the abyss Malá Gazina and assume that it developed over tens of thousands of years. Until this summer, there were no records of her.

“This is a chasm at an advanced stage of development, its original parameters are very difficult to estimate. Huge blocks are stuck in the mouth, which are the product of a rock fall and block the passage to other spaces, which are definitely there,” said Lešinský.

The cavers managed to reach a depth of seven meters in Mala Gazina. The gush of cold air, which is released here, is supposed to testify to the fact that the abyss continues even further. “Given that it is an archaeological site, it is currently not possible to carry out such work that would allow us to penetrate further underground,” stated Lešinský.

Under the stone slab at the bottom of the chasm, cavers also discovered a skeletal find. These were fragments of a human skull, jaws with teeth and several long bones. They should come from the late Middle Ages, they will be examined more closely by an anthropologist from the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava. Fragments of ceramics or cartridges and a magazine from the Second World War were also discovered here.


Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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