Игнатьевская пещера

Ignateva Pestera - Ignateva Cave - Ignatievka cave - Ignatievskaya cave - Yamazy-Tash

Useful Information

Location: Near Serpijevka.
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:
Address: Ignateva Pestera, Tel: +7-, Fax: +7-,
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1980 discovery of a venus figurine.


Ignateva Pestera is an archaeological site located on the banks of the Sim River, a tributary of the Belaya river in the southern Ural mountains. It became internationally know because in 1980 one of the few female figurines was discovered here during an excavation. The specialty of this figurine are twenty-eight red dots between her legs, which are believed to represent the female menstrual cycle.

The excavations revealed numerous findings, including microliths and palaeontologic remains from the late Upper Palaeolithic. An upper layer contained Iron Age remains. More impressive are various cave paintings showing abstract forms.

The cave is open and may be freely visited. A wooden staircase allows easy access.