Pete’s Paradise is a remarkable cave with a unique structure and beautiful rim stone pools with crystal clean water and a maze like network of crawls and chambers. This cave was discovered by members of Gibraltar Cave Research Group on 26th of February 1966. The cave was named after Peter Mann one of the members of this Group. There is a story about how the site was named; some people say that it was named after him because his first words when he entered the site were “This is paradise!”
The Gibraltar Cave Research Group then carried out grade 6 surveys and an excavation of the cave later in 1966 and a Structure and Site plan was produced. During excavation in 1966 numerous prehistoric artefacts were found such as shards of Neolithic pottery, bones and stone tools. Bones were found at different levels and strewn throughout the cave, the majority of these were of rabbit, Ape and Ox mixed with many rodent bones. Chert engraving tools were found along with engraved bone bead (necklace) possibly engraved with one of those stone tools.
A Human burial was also discovered during the excavation. The discovery was made by George Palao in 1966 where four human remains possibly from Neolithic period were found, two female skeletons and two male skeletons. Unfortunately there is no record of this excavation in the Gibraltar Museum and therefore no exact date or details can be given.