Thayngen, near Schaffhausen.
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|1902||placed under state protection.|
The Kesslerloch is one of the most important archaeological sites of the late Ice Age in Europe. The site was once used as a meeting place by hunting groups during the summer months, which was the hunting season. Archaeological remains of visits during the Upper Palaeolithic Age or Magdalenian, 14,000 – 12,000 BC, were excavated. The remains are exhibited in the museum at Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen.
Later the cave was frequented travelling people, gypsies and tinkers, who used the cave as a dwelling for one night. That's how the cave got its name, Kessler is the local dialect name for a man who repairs kettles, one of the typical professions for travelling people.
The cave has a huge portal and a single chamber which has 200 m². It is located in the town Thayingen, north of Schaffhausen. When you drive from Thaying towards Schaffhausen on B15, turn left towards E54, after 50 m is a parking lot on the left side. Its only a 5 minute walk.
Nearby is also another cave, which is much smaller, named Kleine Höhle Verrucano. Its only 50 m away but unfortunately there are railroad tracks and the State Highway inbetween. Its better to drive to the end of Rietstraße and take the paved single lane track, 100m/5 min to the cave.