Linear sign (grid)

FARNETA

Steatite pebble. Thin and not deep linear engravings form a grid, a common sign in Epigravettian-Mesolithic graphic production (see also Gavorrano, Le Sughere, Barma Grande).
(cm 5,4 - 3,5)

Subject

Abstract

Category

Mobiliare

Raw material

Stone

Technique

Engraving

Layer

field survey

Chronology

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Item code

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Relative chronology
Epigravettian

The development of progressive regionalisation appeared in Europe as a result of the Second Pleniglacial. The central-eastern regions, up to the Atlantic and the Iberian Peninsula, maintained their cultural physiognomy with aspects which, in that part of Europe, have been termed the Solutrean, the Magdalenian and the Azilian (from 20,000 to 10,000 years ago).
Italy distanced itselfculturally from this sphere, the peninsula take part in the wide province of the Epigravettian which encompassed the Mediterranean area of the continent from Provence up to Balkans and the Black Sea.
In the 10,000 years that followed the end of the Upper Palaeolithic and the Pleistocene, the process of regionalisation became a generalised phenomenon. This also occurred in Italy, where a progressive and rapid detachment from French influence is documented. In the artistic field, this phenomenon brought about the birth of original styles and languages.

Gallery
Bibliography
DINI M., MOLARA G., 2011, Il ciottolo di steatite inciso del sito epigravettiano di Farneta (Lucca), Atti IIPP 2012, "L'arte preistorica in Italia", pp. 93-94.
MARTINI F., 2016, L'arte paleolitica e mesolitica in Italia, Millenni. Studi di archeologia preistorica, 12, Firenze.

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