Geological formation of the Aspri Petra cave
The Aspri Petra (White Stone) cave lies on Mount Zini, three kilometers south of the Town of Kefalos overlooking the sea from a height of 257 meters above sea level. The cave is some 100-140 million years old and is what geologists call a Karst formation whereby the limestone is shaped through the dissolution of the bedrock.
Prehistoric findings in the Aspri Petra cave
Significant artifacts from the prehistoric period were found in this cave dating back to the early Age of Bronze (2900-2100 B.C.), confirming human presence on the island from the Prehistoric times. The cave was explored and studied in June 1922 by the Italian archeologist Alessandro Della Sefe and the ceramics discovered were transported to Rhodes.
The Aspri Petra Cave’s findings date back to the Neolithic, Mycenaean, Geometric and Roman periods. The cave must have relived during the Geometric period (10th-8th century BC) as a place of worship of agrarian deities, and as such, it continued to exist up to the Roman times.