For information about the trail and pictures see the post named: “Hiking path to the Black cave near the streams Veladraga and Crnjak “. Posted 2018-10-05.
This cave is located in the canyon near the ruins of Stara Vranja (post “Castrum Vrane” posted: 2018-08-10) at a height of 200 m above sea level and it has a depth of about 30 meters. From 1991 to 1995 archaeological research took place here and in several caves in the area to determine prehistoric ecology in the northeast of Istria. During the excavations to a depth of 3.5 meters the sediments were uncovered, in which remains from the Late Upper Paleolithic (last Ice Age) until the Bronze Age (10500 – 3300 BC). In the layers are the artifacts found of tools, flints, fireplaces, bones of roe deer,wild boar, ibex, wild cattle, badger, hare, snails, shells and ceramic fragments. The research has shown that this cave has been visited by people over longer periods of time, if the climate conditions this allowed. Pictures: 58 to 68.
The Vela peć (Big cave) is opposite the Pupićina peć. In the cave had place archaeological investigations. Special is the present of badger setts. Pictures: 72 to 76; 78-87.
The last cave in this canyon is not far away from the railway over the Vela Draga. Pictures 41 to 47.
Name: Pupićina peć – Crna peć
Place: Vela Draga – Učka
Starting point hiking trail: 45.31590 N – 14.15146 E. near the village Baričevići and the church St. Peter.
Crossing point stream Crnjak 45.31363 N – 14.15334 E.
Follow the opposite path to 45.31343 – 14.15465 E , and the stream Vela Draga to point 45.31292 N – 14.15715 E.
Pupićina pec: 45.31344 N – 14.15676 E
Vela peć: 45.31269 N – 14.15691
Cave near railway: 45.31552 N -14.16391 E