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Fjord Norway Stavanger Randaberg

Vistehola (Svarthola)

  • Goaveien, Randaberg
  • +47 51414100
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Situated at Viste is Vistehola (Svarthola), one of Norway's oldest Stone Age settlement sites. The cave, probably formed during the last ice age, is almost 9 m deep, 5 m wide and 3 m high. The first people settled in here around 6000 BC, and used it during various periods up until the age of migration, around 500 AD.
The thick layer of earth in and by the cave has proved a rich source of bones, antlers and flint tools, casting light on people's life and livelihood. The remains of about 50 different species of animals and birds have been found here, as well as the skeleton of a 15-year-old boy (Vistegutten). The cave now lies a good distance from the sea, 16 metres above sea level. But in the Stone Age the waters of the sea would have lapped at the cave's entrance.

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