Prehistoric man exhibition in Vértesszőlős
Vértesszőlős is a little village in Komárom-Esztergom county. It is best known for the archaeological site where a prehistoric man was found. The first written mention of the settlement „Vértesszőlős” was in 1244. In the 15th century Vértesszőlős belonged to the Castle of Tata, and it was totally destroyed during the Turkish invasion. In the 18th century it was a Slovakian settlement. The village reached its present form in the 19th century. In 1960 the first bone fragments and tools were found. Then Laszlo Vertes discovered the prehistoric site. The people gave the name: „Samu” to the found prehistoric man, because it was discovered on Samuel's day. According to the expert, the caveman used fire, because the found bones were burned. The site is known worldwide as a half million year old settlement. Today there is a museum in the area. You can see the footprints of the prehistoric man next to its fireplace, flint tools, a cuspid of a sabre tooth tiger and the remains of several ancient plant species.