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LOUTRA ARIDEAS (Settlement) PELLA
Regions of exceptional natural beauty are found here, as well as a cluster of 15 caves and cave shelters, the existence of which became known at the beginning of the 90s after researches of a group of speleologists and led to the creation of the first Speleological Park of the country.
The cluster of caves is just 100 meters away form the village of Loutra Loutrakiou and the rock-paintings that have been found in it, in combination with the objects found in the interior and the surrounding area (stone tools, knifes, arrows etc), lead to the assumption that the area was first inhabited at the end of the Neolithic Age and at the beginning of the Copper Age (cave men).
It is impressive that among the speleological findings, we find fossils of animals that existed many thousands or even millions of years ago.
Scientists consider the discovery of fossils of the cave bear (Ursus Spelaeus) as important, the presence of which is placed in the Upper Pleistocene period (120,000-10,000 years), whereas the paleontological interest is strengthened by the discovery in the wider area of the invertebrate Hippurites (Vaccinites) Atheniensis (presence in the Upper Cretidic period -75 million years), as well as the corals of the Cycloseris genus that appeared some 70 million years ago.
During the last years, mild interventions have been realized, which aim at the improvement of access to the site of the speleological park and allow its exploitation for tourist, scientific and educational purposes.
This text (extract) is cited October 2003 from the Pella Prefecture Tourism Committee tourist pamphlet.
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