parallel lines bundles


The bundle of lines is decisively the most frequent pattern, both as an isolated element (stones no. 27 and 30) or in combination with one or more organized graphemes (stones no. 2, 5, 27-29, 34-37; cf. also no. 26) or else only with unorganized lines (stones no. 7, 22, 33). It is highlighted in the No. 2 stone with three parallel bundles of straight fine lines, or slightly sinuous, organized according to a regular rhythmic pattern.





Raw material





secondary context



Item code

pietre nn. 2, 5, 7, 22, 27-30, 33, 35

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.

MARTINI F., 2016, L'arte paleolitica e mesolitica in Italia, Millenni. Studi di archeologia preistorica, 12, Firenze.
MARTINI F., 1992a, Nuove incisioni mobiliari dalla Grotta del Cavallo (Lecce), Atti IIPP XXVIII, pp. 327-340.
MARTINI F., FREDIANI A., 1997, Per una definizione di struttura iconografica: le figurazioni mobiliari di Grotta del Cavallo, RSP, XLVIII, pp. 239-280.
VIGLIARDI MICHELI A. , 1972, Le incisioni su pietra romanelliane della Grotta del Cavallo (Uluzzo, Lecce), RSP, XXVII, 1, pp. 57-115.

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