Cocev Kamen

Situated in the north-east of North Macedonia Cocev Kamen (Macedonian: Цоцев Камен) is a hilltop cave site of volcanic origin near the town of Kratovo. Objects (bone fossils) discovered near the cave suggest human presence since the Paleolithic. Authors agree that the site served as a gathering point for sacrificial rituals from the Neolithic, during the Bronze age, throughout antiquity until the Middle Ages as clarified by an abundance of pottery shards, stone (flint) tools and bone fragments unearthed from the surrounding areas. Several caves and rock shelters are decorated with red figurative art work. Comparison with similar sites in Bulgaria and Italy suggests that the paintings are indeed prehistoric.[1]

Cocev Kamen
Цоцев Камен
Approach to the site
Location in North Macedonia
Alternative nameTsote’s Stone
LocationKratovo Municipality, North Macedonia
RegionNortheastern Statistical Region
Coordinates42°05′24″N 21°59′22″E
Typecave, rock shelter
Height481 m (1,578 ft)
MaterialIgneous rock
Site notes

Debated remains the notion that Cocev Kamen has also been used as an (astronomical) observatory.[2] "There are visible interventions on the stone surface everywhere, in the form of stairs, pools, thrones, and one big cave was completely rearranged, with a large part of its wall ripped off to make a fenced platform looking at the nearby hill, which contains big natural stones..." These alterations served ceremonial purposes during offerings to fertility deities.[3]


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