DECORATED bone artifacts


Two spear points were discovered by Paolo Graziosi (researches 1960-1967) and attributed to the burial Romito 3 (approximately 12.000 bp uncal).
Two fragments of decorated artifact were discovered by Fabio Martini during the recent researches (2000-2002). They are related to layers C2 and D2 (11.250±70 bp uncal).





Raw material

Materia dura animale






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Item code

Punte di zagaglia 1 e 2; manufatti frammentari senza codice

Relative chronology
Final Epigravettian

It was the end of the last glacial period, between 14,000 and 10,000 years ago, that brought the Palaeolithic to a close. Italy, like other European areas, witnessed the formation of well-defined regional areas, with elements of heterogeneity within the lithic production. Behavioural practices that weren't by nature utilitarian – that is to say those associated with funerary practices and artistic experience – occurred cross-regionally.

The Franco-Cantabrian style began to fade out from artistic productions. No longer adopted in the South, it left traces in the Centre and the North of Italy, where echoes of the transalpine tradition persisted, filtered through the expanding Mediterranean style. In the final two millennia, this language assumed a more synthetic and abstract character, with especially geometric and linear graphic productions.

GRAZIOSI P., 1973b, L’arte preistorica in Italia, Sansoni, Firenze.
MARTINI F., 2016, L'arte paleolitica e mesolitica in Italia, Millenni. Studi di archeologia preistorica, 12, Firenze.
MARTINI F., LO VETRO D. , 2011, Grotta del Romito, Guide, 4, Museo Fiorentino di Preistoria, Firenze.

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