Čertova pec

Čertova pec (English: Devil's furnace) is a small karst cave in the Považský Inovec mountains of Slovakia. It is located near Radošina, in the Nitra Region. As well as being a modern recreational site, the cave is known to have yielded material evidence of repeated human presence and habitation during the Stone Age.

Čertova pec
Čertova pec
Čertova pec cave interior
location in Slovakia
Alternative nameDevil's furnace
Locationnear Radošina, Považský Inovec mountains
RegionNitra Region, Slovakia
Coordinates48°33′37″N 17°54′55″E


The cave with total length of 27 m (89 ft),[1] is a protected natural monument due to its paleontological significance.[1] The surrounding area of Certova pec is also a recreational site which includes a motel, a campsite, and a playground.[1] There are three hiking trails in the vicinity.[2]


The site has yielded relics of multiple habitation phases during the Palaeolithic period.[1] The earliest finds are attributed to the Mousterian culture (associated primarily with Neanderthals).[3] In addition to this is an assemblage of objects tentatively associated with the Szeletian culture, a local designation that roughly corresponds with the contemporary Gravettian culture.[4] A radiocarbon date of Szeletian cultural artifacts suggests prehistoric human presence in the cave at around 38,400 years ago.[4]


  1. Pšenková, Vlasta (1994). Pozoruhodnosti Slovenska. Kubko-Goral. p. 18.
  2. Mallows, Lucy (2007). Slovakia. p. 139. ISBN 1841621889.
  3. Strhan, Milan; Daniel, David P. (1994). Slovakia and the Slovaks: A Concise Encyclopedia. Encyclopedical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. p. 492.
  4. Adams, B. (2009). "Bukk Mountain Szeletian". In Camps, Marta; Chauhan, Parth (eds.). Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions: Methods, Theories, and Interpretations. Springer. p. 432. ISBN 0387764879.
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